Tom Ince says that either watching or playing a match at St James Park ‘it is always a great game’ and ‘fantastic atmosphere’.

The one-time Newcastle target acknowledges that NUFC are ‘one of the top sides…but we go with no qualms about that’.

In midweek Derby County beat Ipswich 3-0 away from home and on the back of that Tom Ince says ‘we don’t fear anyone’, including Newcastle United.

Sheffield Wednesday’s win on Friday night at Wigan has knocked Derby down to seventh but a win today would move them back into the play-offs and 10 points behind Newcastle.

Derby are still the lowest scorers in the top half of the table with 30 goals but after failing to score three Championship games in a row, they scored three in the 3-2 home win over Reading and then the same in that win at Ipswich.

At the other end of the pitch though it is a different matter, with Derby having the joint best defensive record with Brighton, both conceding only 21 goals, two better than Newcastle.

Of course Newcastle will go back top if they get a point or better, Brighton not playing until Sunday when they visit Brentford.

Tom Ince speaking to the Derby Telegraph:

St James Park is a fantastic ground, with a fantastic atmosphere and it’s always a great game to watch and to play in.

“We’ll go there with great confidence.

Newcastle are undoubtedly one of the top sides in the league and obviously vying for promotion but we go there with no qualms about that.

“We’ll just go there to enjoy ourselves, to play the football that we’ve been playing, to work hard for each other like we have been and we’ll give it a right go.

“We don’t fear anyone.

“Against Ipswich we showed courage and character and the times we had to defend, we defended well as a team.

“And we’re scoring goals now – we could have had a few more on Tuesday night, we feel we can cause anyone problems.”