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Derby County (a)

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Saturday 10th September 2016, 5.30pm. Live on Sky Sports

 iPro Stadium

Conditions: Euphoric

Admission: £29 (£30 in 2009/10)



Derby County

Newcastle United

0 - 2




20 mins A deflected shot from Dwight Gayle won Newcastle a corner kick at the far end of the ground and when Jonjo Shelvey hit it long, Yoan Gouffran was on hand to sweetly smash home a volleyed effort  1-0

Yoan Gouffran is big leggy

Half time: Rams 0 Magpies 1

90+1 mins Playing for time and winning a series of corners in a manner Alan Shearer would have admired, Jonjo Shelvey spotted movement in the box and astutely centred for DeAndre Yedlin to force the ball home from close range after Ayoze Perez neatly teed him up. 2-0

Full time: Rams 0 Magpies 2

We Said

Rafa Benitez commented:

"We had more control in the first half and scored a goal which made it easier in that we knew what we had to do and in the second they were pushing and pushing so it has been a tough game against a good team.

"The main thing for me has been to see the team working as a team from the strikers to the 'keeper and also the players coming from the bench so that is a positive thing for the future.

"But I still think there is plenty of room for improvement, my feeling is the team is doing well but still we have things we can improve on.

"The commitment is there, they listen to us so that is why we have to be positive and confident for the future because the team knows what we are trying to do and work very hard.

You try to enjoy it, at least on the journey back. Then we have to be ready for the next one. We will train on Sunday and see how the players are.

“After that we will decide the best options and the best players for the next game. We don’t have too much time, but we’ll try to enjoy.

"We can improve in a lot of areas, in defence, in the middle, and in attack and the way we play the counter-attacks but after that I am really pleased with the team and the way they work but they know, we know, we can play better."

They Said

Ex-NUFC employee Nigel Pearson said:


"We took the game to our opponents and unfortunately conceded a goal at a time when we were causing them quite a few problems.

"I can't fault the application and I think the second goal takes a bit of perspective out of our performance, we showed endeavour although not always with the quality we need.

"But now is the time for me and the staff to keep a calm head because there were plenty of positive elements about today's performance.

"I have to praise the players for how they went about it because I thought in the first half in particular we showed a style of attacking intent that was very positive. For me anyway there are more positives today than there are negatives."



Newcastle won their fifth successive game in all competitions, registering a fourth consecutive Championship victory. It's now 405 minutes in all competitions since United last conceded a goal - against Reading at SJP back in mid August.

To the delight of the Chicago Mags who travelled to the game, DeAndre Yedlin scored his first Newcastle goal. That goal makes the Seattle-born player our first USA goalscorer since New Jersey boy Giuseppe Rossi netted against Portsmouth in a League Cup tie in October 2007. Neither Jimmy Crawford (Chicago) or Oguchi Onyewu (Washington DC) troubled the scorer while at the club.

Yoan Gouffran netted his 13th Newcastle goal on his 101st appearance for the club (81 starts). That compares rather well with a certain £30m signing Spurs recently made called Moussa, who scored 12 in 133 games (130 starts).

Gouff's goals:

1.  Spurs (a) February 2013 lost 1-2 (Premier League)
2.  West Bromwich Albion (a) April 2013 drew 1-1 (Premier League)
3.  QPR (a) May 2013 won 2-1 (Premier League)
4.  Aston Villa (a) September 2013 won 2-1 (Premier League)
5.  Leeds United (h) September 2013 won 2-0 (League Cup)
6.  Chelsea (h) November 2013 won 2-0 (Premier League)
7.  Norwich City (h) November 2013 won 2-1 (Premier League)
8.  West Bromwich Albion (h) November 2013 won 2-1 (Premier League)
9.  Southampton (h) December 2013 drew 1-1 (Premier League)
10. Stoke City (h) December 2013 won 5-1 (Premier League)
11. Southampton (h) January 2015 lost 1-2 (Premier League)
12. Hull City (a) January 2015 won 3-0 (Premier League)
13. Derby County (a) September 2016 won 2-0 (Championship)

There was a first selection for unused substitute Achraf Lazaar, who was clad in the number 7 shirt. Fellow new boys Christian Atsu (squad number 30) and Daryl Murphy (33) didn't make the matchday squad.

Mags @ Pride Park / iPro Stadium:  

2016/17 won 2-0 Gouffran, Yedlin
lost 0-3 
2007/08 lost 0-1 
2001/02 won 3-2 Robert, Dyer, LuaLua 
2000/01 lost 0-2 
1999/00 drew 0-0 
1998/99 won 3-4 Speed 2, Ketsbaia, Solano 
1997/98 lost 0-1 
1997/98 won 1-0 Tomasson (LC)

Full record v Derby:

  P W D L F A
SJP 55 27 15 13 89 58
BG/PP 56 19 14 23 74 80
League 111 46 29 36 163 138
SJP(FA) 5 4 1 0 15 6
BG 5 0 3 2 6 11
SJP(LC) 0 0 0 0 0 0
BG/PP 1 1 0 0 1 0
Cup 11 5 4 2 22 17
Tot 122 51 33 38 185 155





Having seen off Chris Hughton's Brighton side before the international break, Newcastle started where they left off by leaving another SJP old boy pointless in the shape of Nigel Pearson.

Goals from the unlikely duo of Yoan Gouffran and DeAndre Yedlin gave United a fourth successive Championship win and thankfully banished recent-ish memories of some off-nights on this ground. 

The Magpies had failed to beat the Rams in the last four meetings and lost both of their last two visits to Derbyshire, to the delight of the home supporters who were years away from adding us to their hit list for unsettling Steve McClaren and derailing their promotion bid in 2015.. 

However, the boot was firmly on the other foot at the iPro Stadium, once Gouffran had emphatically dispatched Jonjo Shelvey's corner midway through the first half. And when substitute Yedlin benefited from Shelvey's smart thinking in second half added time to score a second, the celebrations in the away end were ramped up still further as Rams fans trudged to the exits.

Pearson had seen his latest side win just once in five league games - at Preston - and Derby seldom looked like changing that, Matz Sels a virtual spectator (although what handling was required didn't always inspire confidence).

The game unfolded in similar fashion to our previous away game at Bristol City, with Rafa's side ahead at half time and a solid performance across the field soon snuffing out any potential danger.

Having had the ball in the net in the opening seconds only to be denied by an offside flag, Derby's biggest moment (save from several failed attempts at winning penalties) was an over-hit cross from debutant Ikechi Anya that scraped our crossbar on 68 minutes.

As had been the case when Dwight Gayle netted at Ashton Gate, the goal came at a perfect time for Rafa's side, who grew into the game rather than going for the jugular from the off. The quality of the goal was memorable, while the identity of the scorer was totally unexpected - despite Gouffran's range-finder that rattled the crossbar in our last game. 

The Frenchman's goal is a tangible indication of a renaissance under Rafa almost on a par with Rob Lee post-Gullit  - perhaps his autobiography will be called, "Come in number 20." It's now apparent that Gouffran turned down several transfer bids in the closing days of the transfer window, contract offers that would presumably have been longer than the year he has left on his Gallowgate deal.  

There were times however when United looked to be too far into the comfort zone for their own good and a policy of soaking up pressure while showing little in attack looked decidedly risky. 

The home side though did their best to ease our task, favouring attacks down their left flank and encountering the solid figure of Vurnon Anita. Derby's lack of goals and confidence in the final third meanwhile is well-documented, this a fifth successive blank return at home in the Championship.

As had been the case at Ashton Gate, a single goal victory gradually looked like becoming a reality but United's presence of mind in added time added a welcome veneer to the final score; DeAndre Yedlin bundling home his first club goal after joining the fray in a right midfield role.

Players and fans saluted each other following the full time whistle, with United's Derby-born captain Jamaal Lascelles especially pleased with himself after some catcalling from home fans - although hardly on the same scale of abuse received when he played here for Nottingham Forest.  

Rafa meanwhile briefly acknowledged those jubliant fans before making for the dressing room - doubtless planning Tuesday's visit to Loftus Road. Victory saw his side move into second spot on 12 points, four behind leaders Huddersfield Town who won 1-0 at Leeds United. Onwards and upwards.


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