After Newcastle’s tremendous performance last Saturday at Ipswich, their performance in the first half against QPR on Wednesday night was just not good enough.
Danny Simpson – wake up call on Wednesday
Newcastle are a good team in the Championship, but they are struggling to produce consistent form in every game they play, and the games are coming thick and fast.
But that’s what good teams must do, and even if they have an off day – which all teams will have – it’s at those times when they must still pick up points.
The good news on Wednesday is that Newcastle were finally able to get a draw – but that was still 2 points lost at home.
Danny Simpson talked today about the game on Wednesday:
“It was definitely a wake up call for us,” “After Blackpool we’ve got a lot of good results, but fair play to QPR – they gave it a go and came at us.”
“It was a shock to go one-nil down and we weren’t good enough. In this league we have a bit to spare though – and the character to get out of situations like that.”
“I’m not sure whether we were complacent. They just started well and with a goal like that – it was a deflection and there was nothing Harps could do. It was just unlucky. Then we miss a penalty.”
“At half-time Chris reminded us that teams will come to St James’s Park and have a go – it’s up to us to rise to the occasion. We can’t go into games thinking we’re going to be able to roll teams over just because we’re Newcastle United.”
But the good thing is that Newcastle can put things right quickly tomorrow afternoon, and if we can get a win against Bristol City, things will not look too bad, and we’ll be at least 3 points clear at the top of the Championship for the upcoming two week International break.
Simpson believes there was still some positives to take from the game on Wednesday, especially as West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough both lost in mid-week.
“There’s still such a long way to go. When you come back from one-nil down when you don’t play well – those are the points that go a long way.”
“We didn’t lose and the good thing about this league is that straight away we’ve got a chance to put things right. We can’t be dwelling on that performance – on Saturday we’re at home again and we’ve got the chance to put it right before the (international) break.”
3 points tomorrow is what we need, and we must match Bristol City’s desire from the very first minute, and not let half the game slip by before we decide to compete.
Howay The Lads!!
Note – don’t forget to vote for the Newcastle MOM on Wednesday night on our home page – we’ll announce the results later today.