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Derby boss Jim Smith
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"We just held out in the end"
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"Overall, a pleasing night"
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Wednesday, 23 August, 2000, 22:23 GMT 23:23 UK
Nervous Newcastle beat Derby
Bragstad/ Cordone
Bragstad challeenges goal-scorer Cordone
Newcastle 3-2 Derby

Newcastle survived a nervous final 10 minutes to win in front of their biggest home crowd for 27 years.

The Magpies had looked set for an easy win when goals from new-boys Carl Cort and Daniel Cordone as well as substitute Stephen Glass gave them a 3-1 lead early in the second-half.

But the 51,327 crowd was subjected to a tense final 10 minutes after defender Warren Barton was sent off for a professional foul.

Young midfielder Seth Johnson pulled a late goal back to add to Derby's earlier one from Branko Strupar, but Newcastle managed to hold on.

Awesome opening

Newcastle started the game as if they had a point to prove following their demolition by Manchester United on Sunday.

They drove forward, with the recalled duo of Kieron Dyer and Nolberto Solano particularly threatening.

After five minutes the increasingly inevitable Newcastle goal arrived.

Solano made a good run down the right, cut inside and delivered an accurate cross to Cort, who rose at the far post to place an excellent header past Mart Poom in the Derby goal.

Newcastle continued to look the more threatening side and Alan Shearer was calling for a penalty after 15 minutes when Bjorn Otto Bragstad appeared to hold him back inside the box.

Carl Cort
Cort scored but was forced off injured
Referee Dermot Gallagher turned down the appeals of the England captain, who was looking for his 200th league goal.

Bragstad was then involved at the other end, heading powerfully but straight into Shay Given's arms from a corner.

Cort's memorable evening was cut disappointingly short when he was forced off after half-an-hour following an early knock and replaced by Stephen Glass.

The referee was quite correct. I would have wanted the same decision if it had happened at the other end. Warren dilly-dallied on the ball when he didn't need to. He could have played it back to the goalkeeper and then spun out and got it back
  Newcastle manager Bobby Robson on Warren Barton's sending off
By this time Derby had begun to make their mark on the game.

Stefano Eranio shimmied to beat Barton and lifted the ball narrowly over the Newcastle cross bar before Deon Burton got between Nikolaos Dabizas and Aaron Hughes in the box but scuffed his shot straight at grateful Given.

But in first-half injury time Derby got the reward that their resurgence deserved.

Higginbotham lifted the ball to Strupar from the right and the Belgian got a fortuitous rebound off Hughes, but he made the best of his luck and coolly slotted the ball past Given.

Tense finish

I've known Dermot for a long time, but it was just a poor performance throughout. I thought Powell was fouled in the build-up to the third goal, and we could have had two penalties
  Derby County manager Jim Smith on referee Dermot Gallagher
Some of the crowd were still taking their seats for the second-half when Newcastle resumed the lead.

Stephen Glass crossed into the box and the ball was weakly cleared by Powell straight at Cordone.

The Argentinian fooled Powell by shaping to shoot and then struck the ball into the far corner of the net.

Glass made it 3-1 by curling a sumptuous shot past Poom from more than 20 yards out.

Daniel Cordone
Cordone celebrates his first Newcastle goal
Shearer was then put through by Glass but was brilliantly foiled by Steve Elliott.

This heralded a period of complete dominance by Newcastle when the Rams struggled to get out of their own half.

But the home fans had a nervous final 10 minutes after Barton was dismissed.

The Newcastle defender dwelt on the ball and was dispossessed by Burton.

He then held the striker back when he would have been clean through on goal.

The visitors took advantage and pulled a goal back when Johnson slotted home from close range from a pass by Valakari.

Substitute Dean Sturridge came agonisingly close to equalising in the closing minutes, but curled his shot just yards over the Newcastle bar.


Newcastle: Given, Barton, Domi, Dyer, Shearer, Speed, Solano, Cort, Cordone, Hughes, Dabizas. Subs: Goma, Harper, Glass, Kerr, Charvet.

Derby: Poom, Powell, Johnson, Burton, Higginbotham, Elliott, Eranio, Bragstad, Strupar, Blatsis, Valakari. Subs: Schnoor, Sturridge, Morris, Oakes, Murray.

Referee: D Gallagher (Banbury)

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