Newcastle will have a hard time of things at Chelsea, if the London side play anywhere near their form of the last 10 games or so.
Danny Simpson – in action last Saturday
Before their crucial defeat last Sunday at Old Trafford, the Chelsea side had been surging with 25 points from their previous 9 games and had been playing very well since Frank Lampard got back into the swing of things.
Danny Simpson, not too surprisingly, supports Manchester United, since the 24 year-old was born in Salford and was at Manchester United until signing for Newcastle some 16 months ago.
This is what Danny said today:
“I want Manchester United to win the league,” “I want to beat Chelsea and everybody at the club wants to beat Chelsea.”
“But on Sunday it will mean a little bit more if United lose at Blackburn. “We know it could be a massive game and, if it is, I’ll probably get a phone call from Sir Alex.”
“One or two players might give us a text as well.”
Newcastle have done well against Chelsea this season with a 4-3 win at Stamford Bridge in the Carling Cup – a match that was essentially between two second teams – but it was a terrific match with Shola Ameobi playing great, and scoring the dramatic winner with a header in the 90th minute.
That turned out to be Newcastle’s first win at Stanford Bridge in 24 years, and Newcastle then drew 1-1 at home on 28th November, which turned out to be Chris Hughton’s second last game in charge of the Magpies.
That was the game in which Andy Carroll scored after just 6 minutes, from a bad Chelsea defensive error by Brazilian International Alex.
Newcastle were a little lucky in getting a point after playing well in the first half, but Chelsea came back strongly in the second half and missed a few chances to win the game.
“Some of the lads that have not been regular players played against Chelsea in the Carling Cup this season,”
“It was good for them that lads like Shane Ferguson, Sol Campbell and Nile Ranger, who came into the side and were able to beat Chelsea. I could tell from them that they got a lot of confidence from that game and they kicked on from there.”
“Any team that goes to Chelsea and beats them 4-3, you’re going to be absolutely buzzing and that helped us for the home game. It probably made the first-team players think there’s some good young players coming through.”
“We knew we’d got some good young players if we needed them and it probably does give you that little boost, even for the players playing week in, week out, because you know if something does go wrong, you’ve got lads on the bench who can come in – they did it at Chelsea.”
While we don’t expect to get anything out of the game on Sunday, it would nevertheless be terrific if the lads can end the season with three wins in a row.
That is very unlikely to happen, and we’d be happy enough to beat WBA a week on Sunday and end up with 47 points, in what has been a successful first season back in the Premier League for Newcastle United.