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.
“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.
“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.