Danny Simpson Is Such A Good Team Player


We like Danny Simpson a lot, because the lad has got a great attitude, and he’s a solid player who can only get better with more games, and today he has come out and said he’ll play anywhere for Newcastle.

Danny Simpson – already played across back four for Magpies

Danny started the game last night at left-back to allow Ryan Taylor to play in his more accustomed right-back position, in the absence of Jose Enrique.

But then in the seocnd half Danny was at center-back alongside Mike Williamson, after Coloccini had to leave the game at half time with a hamstring problem.

Of course Danny has played at center-back before, and has played in every position for Newcastle across the back four.

Danny might be small for central defense at just 5’9″, but one of the best center-backs in the world, Italy’s World Cup winning captain Fabio Canavaro, is the exact same height as Danny.

Fabio doesn’t have too much trouble at the back does he?  And the 36 year-old Italian legend is still plying his trade this season at Juventus.

Simpson talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“As a player it’s good to be able to offer other positions to your manager and the other lads. I don’t mind it at left-back – I’ve played there a few times and got the left foot swinging!”

“I don’t mind. There was the injury to Colo, and with the injuries we’ve got at the back, he put me in centre-back.” “Obviously it was a new partnership with Mike Williamson at the back. I think we did really well.”

And Simpson tried to explain the strange own goal that Newcastle conceded last night after 70 minutes, which was given to Simpson, after the ball cannoned off his back and looped back high into goal.

Danny continued:

“I headed it down, Harps saved it and Jose went to clear off the line. I’ve ducked, and it’s hit me in the back, and the next minute I heard everyone celebrating as it was in the back of the net.”

“It was a freak goal – it’s one of those things. The main thing is we didn’t let that get to us. We kept solid, and we didn’t lose the game.”

There was almost an unbelievable 7 minutes of injury time that had us thinking the referee had bet on Reading, and wanted to give them enough time to equalize.

But it was due to the injury to Bryn Gunnarsson after 83 minutes, and Bryn needed lengthy treatment before being carried off on a stretcher, and the referees these days seem to actually use their stop watches, rather than just looking at them for effect.

These injuries take a lot more time than is usually added on for stoppage time, but last night  it meant Newcastle had to hold off an attacking Reading side for the last several minutes, which they did with aplomb.

Danny continued:

“I didn’t think there was going to be that much injury time, but with the mentality we’ve got, and the players we’ve got, we didn’t let it worry us.”

“When you’ve got Kev Nolan, Alan Smith and Mike Williamson around you giving everything, you don’t worry too much, and we deserved it in the end.”

“It seems the last few months we’ve cracked going away from home. There was a point in the middle of the season where things weren’t going our way, but we seem to have cracked it.”

“We’ve come away with the points after some solid performances, and we’re delighted.”

“We knew their record at home. They’ve been on a great run, but we knew if we kept it tight at the back, with the players we’ve got we’re always going to score goals.”

“In the first half we kept the line well, and we gave opportunities for the front lads to score goals. They were good goals by Kev.”

This kind of professionalism and pride shown by our players right now to play well in every match,  has to stand the squad in good stead for next season, when we may even do better than we think.

But hey, we’ll keep our feet firmly on the ground after what happened last season – what a complete and utter nightmare that was – and I just got an excruciating pain in my arm,  just thinking about it. 😀

As we said at the start of this piece, Danny is a really good lad, and we’re pleased he’s at the Newcastle club.

Comments welcome.


76 comments so far

  • dutchy

    Apr 14, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #1

    he just lets the opposition come into the box too easily.. he never closes them down near the side line. Always backs off..

    other than that hes quality

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  • magpie6699

    Apr 14, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #2

    He seems to be getting a bit of stick from some quarters at the moment for not being the complete full back – at the age of 21 for heaven’s sake. Like you, Ed, I ‘m impressed by his attitude and enthusiasm – and I think he’ll continue to improve.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 14, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #3

    but sadly a distinctly average one. Shows left wingers inside way too easily and lets them go.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 14, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Like Simpson alot myself, been in the right place at the right time for us a good few times this season.Some of his knockers should take into account he is only 21 and still learning,do some of them really think he should be the finished article at 21.Hes got the right attitude for me and seems hungry to learn.

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  • thepict

    Apr 14, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #5

    As said previously he is still young. I think he will become a useful player for us

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  • DJG

    Apr 14, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #6

    I do like the lad and hope he stays at the club. However I don’t think he is good enough to be our only RB in the premier league. Thats not knocking him it’s just the plain truth.

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  • DJG

    Apr 14, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #7

    dutchy // Apr 14, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    ”he just lets the opposition come into the box too easily.. he never closes them down near the side line. Always backs off..”

    Agreed. He looks uncomfortable closing down for a defender. I don’t know why because he has a decent turn of pace and this is usually the trait of an older player. Unfortunately he lets crosses come in far to regulary IMO. Sir Alex has never been a bad judge of player and he was 4th choice at Man U.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 14, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #8

    knaa ive changed me mind simo,s a lazy b@stard and if ya think out else ya off ya heed ya pricks

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 14, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #9

    NUFCELITE // Apr 14, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    iam a right hard b@stard i am and i will be kicking ur doors in too find oot who is useing my name iam a fu ckin right hard nut
    i even pinch all the kids dinner money off them so ya better watch oot the lot of yas iam after ya

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  • The Entertainers

    Apr 14, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #10

    As good as Simpson is / can be, RB would be a position i would like CH to strengthen

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  • henok

    Apr 14, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #11

    All of u saying Simpson iwas a good signing …ur high …he was rejected by blackburn and our manager did it…I don’t like any of cris’s signing …all of them are old and not even close to the quality of top 10 teams in the epl…williamson,routledge are good but not that epl good…best …I play better than him in my leauge as a deffender …why don’t he bring players that are wanted by another epl clubs …for the last 5 season our sinings have been bad except (martins,emre,Parker,loven)…colo is a classy playrer …now he is considering to brink mike willkinson…what is going in nufc

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 14, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #12

    yes fergie doesn’t get it wrong often and how many man u players can you get for 500k.

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  • DJM TOON

    Apr 14, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #13

    sorry henok, but anyone who says martins and emre were good deals were so wrong.

    routledge has beena revelation to our right wing since nobby left

    and i’m with the majority, simpsons young and has potential.

    for some reason you wanted chris to sign players EPL teams were going for… what, when we’re int he CCC? get your head out the sand man.

    as for players not being able to compete int he top ten… jesus, not expecting too much on our return eh lad!

    small steps, BUILD a squad. our current team, with a few tweaks, will compete in the EPL, but dont expect us to light the league up.

    its called consolidation.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 14, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #15

    DJM TOON agree with ya there,though martins did exite the crowd when he was on the ball none of his teammates could read what he was going to do next.As for emre never reached the heights for us as he did in turkey.

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  • noir9

    Apr 14, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #16

    henok @ 11, not sure if you noticed……but we were relegated at the end of last season with a team full of so-called premier class players. In the past we have tryed to paper over the short-comings of our squad with big money, big reputation buys that let us down when we needed them. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love a couple of real quality signings but that is not going to happen so I’ll take hungry players with something to proove & who actually want to be here.

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  • iluvnufc

    Apr 14, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Ed, why on earth do we have to put up with people like NUFCELITE on this blog. His language is moronic, he has nothing of interest to say and in my view just spoils it for others. Maybe that’s what he wants!

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 14, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #18

    NUFCELITE- Emre isn’t exactly excelling in Turkey, his best years were by far at Inter Milan and since then he hasn’t done much, largely down to the fact he’s always injured

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  • lostmonk

    Apr 14, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #19

    I can’t believe some of the people that post here. Take a look at squads like Stoke, Fulham and Birmingham. Our present group isn’t too far off their mark, and they are doing just fine. A nice finish of around 12-13 next year and a double over the mackems would make it a perfect season. And we don’t have much reason to not think it can happen, if Chris makes singings this offseason like the ones he mad in January.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 14, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #20

    iluvnufc ___ t0sser ile dee yee

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 14, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Turkish Magpie thought his past part of his carear myself was Galatasaray in turkey

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  • iluvnufc

    Apr 14, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Ed, do we really have to put up with NUFCELITE’s abusive and disgusting language

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 14, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #23

    NUFCELITE- That may be true, but my Turkish team is Fenerbahce and as it’s he plays for them now i dont like to admit that 😛

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 14, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Turkish Magpie ok fella get were you coming from now

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  • donjuan

    Apr 14, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #25

    NUFCELITE – Are you schizophrenic? One comment seems quite sensible, and the next you look like a right wanker….care to explain?

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 14, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Turkish Magpie what he play like for u lot

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  • UK-USADuke

    Apr 14, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #27

    NUFCELITE – yha lost the plot mate. Dont even think your a NUFC fan with the comments you come out with like.

    yha must be a Makem with all this dee yee talk like.

    HWTL!

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 14, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #28

    iluvnufc maybe cause ed knows thats not nufcelite talking and as you and ya little boyfriend in comment 8 9 20 crawl off back to louise taylors boyfriends blog at nufc.org tell old git batty his coffins ready and when he dos check out be big party at my house ha ha

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 14, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #29

    NUFCELITE- He’s ok, stil always injured but does well when he plays, he’s captain when he plays 😀

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  • nightfa11

    Apr 14, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #30

    danny’s young..he’ll improve, but we need a better RB for next year..preferably someone who can also play on the left…not really sure who that might be..

    i read about hughton not being interested in o’hara..this could be good news & we’re after even better players.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 14, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Turkish Magpie yeah we had the same prob with him mate but when he did play for us i thought he done alright myself

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  • gibbotwg

    Apr 14, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Any one think aron gunnarsson would be a good replacement for butt?

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 14, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #33

    gibbotwg have you seen him play mate? fits into our transfer policy though good age so plenty of football still left in him.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 14, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #34

    So did i NUFCELITE, when he wasn’t injured 😉

    and for those who don’t know there are 2 NUFCELITE’S, i dont know if it’s the same person or if someones name has been stolen.

    1 is a dirty mackem scum that posts $H1t and talks out of his ass

    The other is a NUFC fan that u can have a decent convo with and seems genuine enough

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  • gibbotwg

    Apr 14, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #35

    ye a little bit, he plays defensive midfieldish and can play right back. lots of tackles and usually plays it simple.

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 14, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #36

    Keep hearing that Hughton will be handed 15 million in the summer. IMO that is simply not enough. We need two full back, another winger and creative midfielder aswell as a good striker. 25 million would do that no problem. This is only paper talk at the moment but i hope it aint true as we will struggle big time in the EPL.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 14, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #37

    I think 15mil is enough to SURVIVE as last year lack of team spirit and injuries are what took us down last season, they didn’t play as a team and half the time there wasn’t a team due to injuries!

    I think if Hughton can make the same clever signings he did in January and some cover (to help us cope with injuries) we’ll be fine

    i think a ST,LB,RB,Winger and CAM are all that is required, some cover, some starters

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 14, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #38

    Turkish Magpie thanks for the support mate pleased to see there are a few fans that no thats not me talking, hows ya team doing over there in turkey.gibbotwg whats his pace like, not seen him myself mate.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 14, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Danny is a solid player. He is very young and i think he will grow into a star. Hopefully he can fill that right back slot for years…i think he is good enough to play in the big time now…

    On another note watched the movie “goal” yesterday for old times sakes and it had me dreaming back to some good times…seeing shearer running around in a toon kit and hearing newcastle and champions league in the same sentence had me buzzing…not saying will be there next year but i believe boys we will be where we belong in 3 years!!!!

    HWTL!!!!!

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 14, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #40

    I agree with yall nufcelite and turkishmagpie, 15 mil will keep us up but if we can get 25 with the core of players we got and add some key players that have the heart of the squad we got now and want to give their guts for newcastle we could be top half. Don’t want to sound crazy or expecting too much but look at birmingham, i think we run em off the pitch right now….

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