Date: 6th September 2016 at 1:05pm
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These international breaks are just a waste of space considering the three month or so gap we’ve just had. Next up it’s a televised trip to the Midlands and away to fancied Derby with a Saturday night 5:30pm kick off on Sky.

Added to the squad that beat one of the league’s favourites quite easily, we have Achraf Lazaar, Christian Atsu and Daryl Murphy not forgetting that Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic can return after their concussion fuelled hiatus.

The feel good mood surrounding the club is tempered further with bags of cash being banked for Moussa Sissoko not to mention the saga being put to bed.

We also have the likes of Jonjo Shelvey fresh from his first goal for us and the signing of a proper left back to give better balance. Daryl Murphy getting his first international goal may give his career here a further boost before you even factor in the new club bounce, so it all looks positive.

Derby with former coach Nigel Pearson in charge will probably be our sternest test yet and it’ll be a decent yardstick as to where we’ll finish this season with a positive result.

Since they moved grounds in 1997, previous visits to their Pride Park stadium, although called the iPro now, have been so-so.

Our first visit there in November 1997 saw a 1-0 League Cup 4th round win before the six Premier League visits since have seen three defeats, a draw and two wins.

Our last visit there in the Championship season we had in 2009/10 saw the worst performance of the season and a 3-0 loss.

Overall the away record at all the Derby grounds including the cups sees the record as:

Derby wins: 27
NUFC wins: 24
Draws: 18

Derby goals: 103
NUFC: 99

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