Simpson – Villa Defeat Hurt Us – It Hurt The Fans A Lot More

Danny Simpson said following the listless display at Aston Villa,  that the Newcastle players were hurting after the game.

Danny Simpson – in action on Sunday

We have some news for Danny, it hurt the Newcastle fans a lot more than it did the players, and you just have to see some of the comments after the game from fans who were there – and they were not too happy at all at the display.

They spent a load of money to get to Villa Park, and got sunburn too, in what was a poor performance from the Newcastle side, and that’s being kind.

We’ve heard all the excuses for the poor performance, injures, suspensions – all that stuff – and at least for me it was made a lot worse last night when I watched a certain Andy Carroll annihilate a suspect Manchester City rearguard.

He had two half chances in the first half, and put them both away in great style, and was given a standing ovation when Kenny Dalglish brought him off in injury time.

If the Gateshead lad can do that to one of the best sides in the league, then  what are the ordinary sides going to do with Andy – who is fast becoming the new face of English football.

The good news about that is he’s a Geordie and always will be – the bad news is that he no longer plays for Newcastle United.

As I said, the game last night only made me feel even worse than I did after Sunday’s poor display, when we never really looked like scoring against one of the weaker sides in the division.

Simpson yesterday still felt they deserved something from the game:

“I thought we did all right,” “If you look over the game, I think we had the better chances.” “They looked good in bits, but Nile Ranger, Peter and Joey all had chances.”“With their goal, it wasn’t a free-kick. “

“He’s been doing it all season – he gets a touch, and he goes down.” “He got his free-kick, and there was a flick-on. Harps couldn’t do anything about it.” “It was disappointing, that goal, Up to that point we were coping with them. They were just playing long balls. We did that through most of the game.” “It hurts, as we had some really good chances.

“We said at half-time, the longer it stays at 1-0, the more nervous they’ll get. They’ll drop off.” “That’s what happened. Shefki Kuqi came on and made a bit of an impact, but it didn’t fall right.” “Peter had a shot, and it was a great save from the keeper. Even if we’d got one, we might have gone on to win it.”

Let’s introduce just a little bit of reality here, and get away from this woulda coulda shoulda stuff – which is all about what might have been – but wasn’t.

It reminds me of when we got relegated back in 1961, when I was at the club as a youngster, and say had just lost a game 3-0 – the conversation would go something like this:

“Their first two goals were offside. and the goalkeeper should have saved the last one – and we missed a sitter in the last minute – we should have won 1-0!”  😀

We are all biased towards Newcastle, but you also have to be down to earth and realistic too.

Newcastle didn’t get anything out of the game on Sunday, because they were simply not good enough, against a side that had been struggling immensely in the league this season, and whom we beat 6-0 at home last August, and they had just one win in their previous 7 games.

Newcastle looked an ordinary side at best at Villa Park, that’s the truth, and now heaven help us if we lose to Blackpool a week on Saturday.

That’s also the truth.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far


    Apr 12, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Danny Simpson is proof man utd don’t always see the talent they have. After the euros when fabio has gone I hope he gets his chance in a england shirt

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Apr 12, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t think he would make the England squad to be honest. He still has some basics to get right, backs off far too often, trying to show people a certain way.

    Anyone else think that if we got Lukaku/Wickham they wouldn’t mind seeing Carroll and what he is doing?

    I genuinely think Wickham should be bought it makes sense to buy an future England star to replace a future England star.

  • toonincheek

    Apr 12, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #3

    How anyone can come up with the “it wasn’t a free kick” excuse is beyond me, when they choose to overlook the ‘goal’ disallowed for offside when it wasn’t.

  • ash1001

    Apr 12, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Is Danny Simpson the toon spokesman now as far as the player are concerned.
    If Danny Simpson has a close look a t the Villa goal, he will see that he was the nearest man to Collins and his feet never left the bottom, so Danny maybe the fault was yours. like a few of the other mistakes you have made, like backing off players and letting them pass to however they want, Wolves goal come to mind as a good example of that.
    So Danny it may have hurt you , but we have to watch it and can do nothing other than support our team, so please stick to your job and the winger etc and do not give them the chance to get crosses in or attempts on goal.

  • shearermania

    Apr 12, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #5

    it was a definate free kick…a brilliant goal i must say…they should have had a second goal…
    so in reality we were lucky just to lose the game 1-0

  • carrollsinger

    Apr 12, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #6

    The article was about the game and simmo yet you STILL bring Carroll into it.
    He’s not at Newcastle anyone

  • mattnufc

    Apr 12, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Still unsure about him. He let the wolves player way too much space for their goal and allowed collins to head it last match. hmm..

  • supervil

    Apr 12, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Andy Carroll is f*****g Judas as far as I’m concerned. It breaks my heart to see him scoring for Liverpool… but please… can we stop talking about him?

    It’s like that ex-girlfriend (who dumped you) that lives in the same street as you. How will the heart heal without some time away?????? Emo 🙂

  • Pwnanza

    Apr 12, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #9

    The fact that we ended the way we should of started says a lot really, We all saw small glimpses of what ranger CAN do and what he NEEDS to improve on.

    We all seen that from the off S.TAYLOR put lots of unnecessary pressure on us i.e. 20 seconds in, attempting to belt the ball upfield for no reason, hitting Young (i think) and instead of waiting for the ball to move 1 YARD to go out for a goal kick, he puts it out for a villa throw in. He was also at fault for the ‘offside goal’ when bent literally walked around him to get the ball.

    What was up with Collo playing in midfield? i dont care if he played there for Deportivo, he has been a solid center back for almost 2 full seasons now.

    Enrique did not look right to me, i would drop him the next couple of games after Manure to let his head settle and to give young Fergie a taste of what might be coming his way.

    Simpson backed off far too much, he should know better than that at this level.
    And Lovenkrands started. Apart from that, no one really turned up to the match apart from Harps and (dare i say it) Guthrie,
    We should get on the teams back a little and push them into a couple of wins. Remember the Arsenal match, 4-1 down and you would think we were 4-1 up, the atmosphere was amazing, lets just turn up, and do what we do best, silence the opposition and go home with a smile from ear to ear with a nice 3 points 🙂

    And i know that the match is over and done with, so sorry for bringing it back up, i just had a few things to say.

  • FarAwayGeordie

    Apr 12, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Caroll can eat sh*t hes no GEORDIE ..
    Only scum choose to play for liverpool over their Hometown Team ..

  • Sav

    Apr 12, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #11

    “The good news about that is he’s a Geordie and always will be”
    a bit of a change of heart, Ed, considering at the time you were arguing he wasn’t wanted around here and neither were his family. It was pointed out at the time that was irresponsible and harsh to say about him.
    We had our chance to keep some quality from our rivals and blew it. Now not only have we helped Liverpool but we have upset the rest of the squad who see us now as another Wigan. Sorry to be hard on Ashley but I don’t think we will see the 35 mil from Carroll and the 15? mil from Jose all going back into player purchases. I think its ultimately part of an exit strategy – gat the costs down and recoup some investment from transfers and then sell on.
    I hope it happens soon.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 12, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #12

    wt s done is done there is no need to pull it like rubber band lets close the chapter of carroll and lets forget wt happened in villa park lets concentrate on our nxt game which is against man u they will have fatigue problems with there players since they have such a tight fixture we have a great chance to win there lets give kuqi a chance in starting 11 and use ranger has an impact player since man u defence is already weakned by injuries now because of this tight fixture there defenders wont be having enough pace in the game from the start itself think wat will happen when ranger used in 70 min with his pace and physic he can crush man u defence and score his first goal against one of the finest club in the world it will help him to score goals in future if he score s against a man u team and win us the game and make us safe from relegation

  • Klatoon

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Danny simpson backs off too much,and it costs us everytime,just look at the goals we conceded against wolves(H) and spurs (H and A). We should definitely get another top RB to challenge him next season.

  • Smithy

    Apr 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Simpson has had one good game when we drew with arsenal, beyond that he’s only average at best. Fair enough Jonas and Enrique may leave in the summer but compare our left side to our right there is no link between Simpson and Barton i say get rid. I’d take 2 mil for him and wave goodbye with a smile.


    Apr 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Off topic, the club is still telling us lies again via Pardew.. How ?

    He told us last week that Jose and his brother are going to sit down and talk to the club in the summer and make his mind up on the new contract .

    When really they have already gone and sold him to Liverpool in January !..

    Phil Thompson says its a done deal 3 months back .

    Like I said it’s all smoke and mirrors and lies with Ashley’s regime ..Lied to again ?

    They have no respect for the fans of Newcastle United

    Just tell them lies, keep them quite …no respect.

    Remember under Ashley we will never win anything and he will sell all our best players .

    Young Shane Ferguson Is being watched by
    Man Utd right now ..

    And Tim Krul, not good enough for us but good enough for Man Utd

    Don’t ask me how I know .

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Apr 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Carroll is so powerful!!!!!
    But Ranger is so rubbish.
    Why does Newcastle united always like that?


    Apr 13, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #17


    Please don’t persecute Ranger..

    Don’t break his Heart.

    He is only20 years old..Still a Kid really.


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