Danny Simpson, the former Manchester United full-back, has talked about the game on Tuesday night against his former club, and he thinks the point taken by the Magpies was well deserved.
Danny Simpson confronts Hernandez in injury time
We were about as pleased with Tuesday night as we were disappointed with the display at Villa Park, but it does show that Newcastle can play really well, when they have a mind to do so.
With 5 games remaining in the season, Newcastle should be able to beat Blackpool away, and Birmingham and WBA at home, and they could then end up on at least 49 points, which would be very good indeed.
The other remaining games at Liverpool and Chelsea will be big tests for the lads, just like the Tuesday night game was, but they came through that one with flying colors.
Danny Simpson talked about the game on Tuesday:
“It was a massive point. We knew it was going to a big match, but we also knew Man United might be tired.”
“They’ve had a tough week and lost an FA Cup semi-final at the weekend. We were a little bit fresher than them and, with the atmosphere at our place, a night game, we knew we could put them under pressure. We started well and that put them on the back foot.”
“When that happens up here, it is always hard for the visiting team. They way we took the game to them, the way we defended, that was exactly the game plan we had worked on and they found it difficult.”
“It’s a fantastic night for me. I still think they will go on and win the league. This was a good point for them as well. It was the first time I’ve played against my old club and my old teammates so it’s nice to be able to take something off them.”
“You know, on another day we may well have won the game because we had a couple of sneaky chances which nearly went in. They had half chances, we had half chances. We deserved the point. Only Manchester City have been here and won this season, that says a lot about what this team is capable of.”
But Newcastle must now go to Blackpool and make sure they secure all 3 points against a side that looks to be sinking fast.
Even Wigan last weekend were able to score 3 goals against a Blackpool defense which is leaking far too many goals this season, and the Seasiders must now be favorites for the drop, unless their form improves big time over the last 5 games of the season.
Danny talked about the upcoming Blackpool game:
“We don’t want to go to Blackpool and waste this point. We don’t want to make this result into a bad one by losing there.”
“It’s going to be a tough game, we went there last season and lost. That will be in our thoughts when we go there because we didn’t like that result.”
We should also remind Danny that Blackpool came to St. James’ Park early in the season and won 2-0, so there’s a double reason to make sure we win on Saturday.
Good teams play well against other good teams but also play well against the poor ones also, and Newcastle cannot just show up against teams like Manchester United and Arsenal.
They also have to get the job done against teams much weaker than Newcastle, and that starts at Blackpool on Saturday, and 3 points will mean safety in the Premier League this season.
There are enough good reasons for the lads to be inspired for the Saturday game too, and nothing but a win will be good enough.