Danny Simpson has talked today to the local Newcastle press, and has revealed how Alan Pardew has been walking hard on the Newcastle defense this pre-season.
Danny Simpson – Pardew wants defense more solid
It was fairly obvious from the start of the Arsenal game, that Pardew and the other Newcastle coaches had the side well drilled, and while there were one or two anxious moments, especially in the first half, the lads and the defense in particular stuck to their task very well.
This is what Danny revealed today, about how the new French arrivals will be ready for the Sunderland derby game on Saturday:
“We’ve told the new signings from day one what to expect in the derby, so they have been well briefed in advance.”
“Sunderland is a huge game and it means everything to our fans. The new lads know that we’re going there to get something for them.”
“They’ve seen how hard we have to work as a team and what the expectations are.” “They’ve got the quality, but they also have to work hard, and I’m sure they know what’s required of us in the derby.”
“I think a few have been introduced to the Premier League now!” “It was a great performance from the lads – Arsenal are a quality team.”
“From day one of being here, the manager has wanted us to be solid at the back and not concede.” “He’s already shown us defensive stats from last season, and he wants us to improve again.”
“He wants to keep us on our toes.” “We know we’ve got players in the team who can win us games.” “As long as we’re solid at the back, we’ve every chance to win games.”
“Shola led the line and competed for everything. We just needed that bit of luck, but it didn’t come.” “Maybe last season, we might have lost the game.”
“It was important we drew and kept a clean sheet if we weren’t going to win.”
The former Red Devil also thanked the crowd at St. James’ Park on Saturday, and we thought the crowd showed great patience, especially after a difficult first half for the lads.
But the players, to their immense credit, stuck to their task well, and in the end our boys even had a decent chance of winning the match, after Gervinho was sent off after 75 minutes.
Danny talked about Newcastle’s top fans:
“They got behind us all through the game.” “I was just glad we got the point and the clean sheet.”
“It’s nice that they’re still backing the lads on the pitch, and still want us to do well.”
“It was good for us that we could give something back – and we certainly want to give something back on Saturday.”
A win on Saturday against local rivals Sunderland will be just what the Doctor ordered, but we think it will be a much harder game than the two derby games of last season.
But a win would be great, a draw would be acceptable, and a defeat would be an absolute disaster.