Time for the Toon to serve up a Christmas cracker
Let's face it Sam Allardyce is on a hiding to nothing against Derby County but he'll be hoping for a convincing win when the doomed and relegation haunted Rams show up on Tynside come Sunday.
Big Sam has already told us not to expect miracles in the transfer window next month or said as much when he revealed that he isn't a big fan of panic buying in the January sales.
But for 90 minutes on Sunday it's all about the players that Newcastle have at their disposal right now.
Beating Fulham wasn't pretty and I think most people are in agreement on that fact yet no matter which way you look at it wins breed confidence and vice versa.
And as unlikely as it might seem we are a just a victory away from gatecrashing the race for the top six.
Whether we move when the starting gun sounds is a different matter entirely but at least we've got something to hang our hats on after the unspectacular win at Craven Cottage.
All we want against Derby - amazingly and somehow beat us in the reverse fixture - is a good solid win and if we can show some flashes of brilliance as well - it certainly won't hurt.
IS VICTORY A FOREGONE CONCLUSION FOR UNITED AGAINST DERBY?