Danny Simpson had his comeback game last night in Newcastle’s terrific 5-1 mauling of Cardiff City – although it couldn’t have been terrific for Cardiff’s fans.
Danny Simpson – made one of Carroll’s goals last night
Simpson told the Evening Chronicle this morning:
“Cardiff have been near the top of the table all season, and it sends a message to the rest of the teams that we still mean business. We want to get back to the Premiership.”
“It’s a big month – everyone knows that – and this is the start of a run of seven games. And what a way to start it and send a message to all the other teams.”
It was Simpson’s first game for the side since signing for around £500K from Manchester United last month, and he set up Andy Carroll’s second goal and Newcastle’s third, after just 15 minutes.
Danny was more than pleased to make a winning comeback to the Newcastle side:
“I’ve been out for a few weeks, and it was good to come back into the team.”
“I think that performance has been coming – we battered them, and it was good to be involved in it.”
“It just seemed to all click from the first minute – everyone was on the same wavelength.” “We passed it quickly, and everyone wanted to win the ball.”
“There was a hunger and desire to stay on top of the league, and we were excellent in the first half.” “You couldn’t have asked for a better first-half performance.”
“Someone said before the game that when we play the better teams, we rise to the occasion, and that’s a good thing.”
With a bigger squad at Chris’ disposal, the manager will be able to rest players, and keep them fresher, and hopefully fir though the end of the season.
And Simpson thinks that his problems with injury are now a thing of the past – we hope so.
“Just before I signed I got injured against West Brom in the last 10 minutes of the game. I didn’t feel anything tonight, so it seems I’ve overcome that.”
“It’s good to get in my first game as a permanent player for Newcastle. It means a lot, and I enjoyed it.”
It’s a bit of a cliche, but players usually play very well when they are enjoying their football, and it looked like the Newcastle players last night were having a ball – especially in that first half.
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