Danny Simpson Back For Tonight’s Game

Good news today in that interim Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is likely to recall Danny Simpson at right back against Queens Park Rangers tonight.

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Danny Simpson – great to have him back

With Coloccini out with a groin injury it’s good news that Danny can come back, because he can come in at right back, and Zurab Khizanishvili can partner Steven Taylor in central defense.

The on-loan Manchester United defender has finally recovered from a jarred ankle sustained against Plymouth Argyle 10 days ago.

But Ryan Taylor, who ha shown very good form recently, has failed to recover from a calf injury he sustained on Saturday, and will not play tonight, along with Joey Barton, who still has a foot injury.

Kevin Nolan, Nicky Butt and Alan Smith all playing well right now in midfield, and of course Danny Guthrie is available tonight, following his one match ban, so Chris has some selection posers – which is good!

There’s little doubt that Chris is a fan of  22 year-old Danny Simpson, as he said today:

“I have been absolutely delighted with him, and I am pleased to welcome him back.” “This is not a 19-year-old coming up through the ranks at Manchester United.”

“He has been there for a while, and has also been out on loan at Blackburn and Sunderland.” “This is a lad who has a little bit of experience.” “That is something you will always need.”

Hughton will also be able to rely on utility player Geremi, and will need to pick two strikers from Ranger, Carroll and Harewood.

We would expect Nile and Andy to again start the game, as they looked good on Saturday night, and Nile needs that first senior goal for the Magpies.

We expect Marlon coming on some time in the second half to make his home debut.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • G

    Sep 30, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #1

    I am so relived that Simpson is back for this one. QPR are no pushovers and have been very astute with the loans they have. Our defence was starting to look very lightweight. Hopefully no injuries tonight and I can us finishing with 3 points by at least 2 clear goals.

  • stevep

    Sep 30, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #2

    The games we’ve struggled in this season have been against teams that try to play football rather than just hoof it (west brom, sheff wed, blackpool etc)
    QPR are def a footballing side but do not have anywhere near the quality of the toon.
    I’m expecting a tough game but we def have enough to win this fairly comfortably (maybe the odd scare), hopefully an early goal from Ranger should settle everyone down and we’ll go on from there

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 30, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Give us some breathing space a win tonight – Danny seems a good lad.

  • chuck

    Sep 30, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Yeah Simpson looks like he has the talent to become a PL regular.
    It may be in our interest to attempt to sign him on a permanent basis, as a future at Man U. looks unlikely with all the defensive talent vying for a game.
    On that note there are two special players at Citeh.,talking about Michael Johnson & Nedum Onuoha .
    Both who may become surplus with the money presently available to buy and a possible dissatisfaction on the youngsters part, with playing opportunities.
    All three would be a start in the rebuilding that is essential if we are to compete as a PL team .
    Yeah I realize both Simpson and Onuoha are both RB`s , but defenders can usually play both CD & FB positions.
    Hope our board is concentrating along with the scouts and manager on a rebuilding program, instead of a day by day evaluation believing the present side is good enough to compete as is.
    We need a bit of foresight if the future of this club is to be assured as a team able to compete in the toughest league in the world.
    It`s not something that can be accomplished overnight, more as a long term goal bringing in and letting players go on an annual basis, a never ending process.


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