Derby game is a must win for Newcastle

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

### Savage - Always looking to upset an opponents rhythm

With West Brom leading away to Scunthorpe as I write this post, the importance of our game against Derby County at 5.30 has doubled. No longer are we 10 points clear at the top, indeed it will be a lot closer than that if West Brom win at Scunny. Not only are Brom closing the gap but Cardiff City who are four goals to the good away to Peterborough, are finding themselves in the hierarchy of the playoffs yet again. The thing is, tonights game at Derby is a must win, no excuses. If we mess up this evening then it could be a big turning point in both ours, and our rivals season.

Saying that, we needn’t worry, because we’re pretty sure that the lads will have enough for a team that got beaten singlehanded by a 33 year-old a few days ago. From my viewing of Derby, they play the back four very very high up the field and a few simple balls by either Danny Guthrie or Nicky Butt, could have Shola Ameobi on his bike.

Needless to say, their approach to this match could change drastically, they might just sit back and try to defend for the whole game and if lucky, come away with a point. I think we all know that them sort of teams tend to frustrate the opposition and sometimes, get the better of them.

An early goal and perhaps a few in-between should hopefully get us through County, in what will be I’m sure, a very filled St.James’ Park, or at least I hope so. I’m not too sure about you guys, but I’ll be wary of tonights game, Derby could throw something at us that we’re not expecting.

Although doing rather poorly this term, Nigel Clough’s men never back down from a challenge and especially their influential figure in Robbie Savage. The former Blackburn man who now tends to appear on the ‘Football League Show’ often, will be relishing the chance to lock horns with Newcastle’s centre midfield paring.

As I said, a must win game tonight. Come on lads, end the year for us loyal Toon fans on a high.

Tyne Time’s Prediction Newcastle 3-1 Derby County

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Rupert Albert: ⏱ 28/12/2009

WBA now 1-1, but surprised you don't mention Brian Clough's old team Forest who are leading against Cov. They are the form team. And Brian, BTW is dead, I think you mean his son Nigel. Hope that Butt, who you mention, won't be looking for those incisive passes for Shola as we'd be waiting a very long time. Fingers crossed Smith will be back. Come on Toon!

Rupert Albert: ⏱ 28/12/2009

WBA now 1-1, but surprised you don't mention Brian Clough's old team Forest who are leading against Cov. They are the form team. And Brian, BTW is dead, I think you mean his son Nigel. Hope that Butt, who you mention, won't be looking for those incisive passes for Shola as we'd be waiting a very long time. Fingers crossed Smith will be back. Come on Toon!

Bert: ⏱ 28/12/2009

"but Cardiff City who are four goals to the good away to Peterborough," Yer have to laugh at that, dont yer!

Bert: ⏱ 28/12/2009

"but Cardiff City who are four goals to the good away to Peterborough," Yer have to laugh at that, dont yer!

mark: ⏱ 28/12/2009

time to worry, wba destroying all teams away from home, forest home and away, newcastle looking pedestrian, wba could run away with the league when they get there three best players back who aint kicked a ball yet this season/

mark: ⏱ 28/12/2009

time to worry, wba destroying all teams away from home, forest home and away, newcastle looking pedestrian, wba could run away with the league when they get there three best players back who aint kicked a ball yet this season/

Edward Pearce: ⏱ 28/12/2009

this has been one of the biggest contradicting performances of the season first half should have been 4-0 second 0-0 what a poor second half performance worst i have seen for a while

Edward Pearce: ⏱ 28/12/2009

this has been one of the biggest contradicting performances of the season first half should have been 4-0 second 0-0 what a poor second half performance worst i have seen for a while

Doocey: ⏱ 28/12/2009

Agreed Edward. We were all over them in the 1st half, and by right should've had a nice lead going in to the break, but our 2nd half performance was pretty awful. Credit to Derby County though, Addison was a real rock at the back.

Doocey: ⏱ 28/12/2009

Agreed Edward. We were all over them in the 1st half, and by right should've had a nice lead going in to the break, but our 2nd half performance was pretty awful. Credit to Derby County though, Addison was a real rock at the back.

tyneside terrier: ⏱ 28/12/2009

Another poor poor performance to end a dismal Christmas.. No creative influence and I will be pleased to see the back of Harewood's head (if he leaves!).I think new players in January are badly needed or else Wba will no doubt pip us to the post. Players with real flair such as Jermaine Beckford(League 1's best player by a mile,George Boyd(did very little again today for a struggling posh) and players with experience such as southamption's Rickie lambert or Norwichs Grant Holt who are really shinning in League 1,and Premier league misfits such as Damian Plessis and Andriey Voronin from Liverpool both available cheaply, as would be Hull's Giovanni and Nick Barmby. I believe these players would help us secure a steely future in the Premier League,for the team I fell in love with nealy 20 years ago.. :)

tyneside terrier: ⏱ 28/12/2009

Another poor poor performance to end a dismal Christmas.. No creative influence and I will be pleased to see the back of Harewood's head (if he leaves!).I think new players in January are badly needed or else Wba will no doubt pip us to the post. Players with real flair such as Jermaine Beckford(League 1's best player by a mile,George Boyd(did very little again today for a struggling posh) and players with experience such as southamption's Rickie lambert or Norwichs Grant Holt who are really shinning in League 1,and Premier league misfits such as Damian Plessis and Andriey Voronin from Liverpool both available cheaply, as would be Hull's Giovanni and Nick Barmby. I believe these players would help us secure a steely future in the Premier League,for the team I fell in love with nealy 20 years ago.. :)