Not too surprisingly, Newcastle right-back Danny Simpson has said he thought the defense played very well last night in the 0-0 draw at Loftus Road against QPR.
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Danny had a good game for Newcastle last night and he managed to kick the ball off the line, just before his defensive partner Steven Taylor headed the ball offf the line in the first half.
But the Newcastle defense this season has been strong, and certainly three clean sheets in the first five games of the season is ample proof of that.
There have been constant rumors of Danny Simpson leaving Newcastle, and perhaps as early as January, but we hope he signs his new contract and continues to improve in the Premier League this season.
Newcastle are unbeaten having won three and drawn two of their first five games in all competitions, and conceded just two goals, but there’s another tough game at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon,
Danny Simpson is delighted with the excellent start the lads have made this season:
“To get three clean sheets out of the first four games is some achievement,”
“It wasn’t the prettiest of games. We had a bit of luck but you need that when you come away from home if you want to get something.”
“It was great defending from the boys and if we can keep up that kind of form at the back, I’m sure we’ll keep on picking up points.”
It was obvious very early on in the game last night, that Newcastle were being controlled in central midfield by the opposition and they were outnumbered with QPR playing 4-5-1.
And it was just a little surprising that Alan Pardew continued to play with two up front in a a 4-4-2 formation until the last 10 minutes of the game.
Why didn’t Alan change it after 20 minutes in that first half?
But of course it’s very easy in retrospect to look back on what happened and suggest what should have been done, hindsight is always 20/20 vision as the saying goes.
And we didn’t think the lads would be able to hold on for the full 90 minutes, but they got another clean sheet to their immense credit, and an excellent away point.
And while Newcastle didn’t play well, there were enough positives to take out of the game last night to keep the most critical of Newcastle fans at least still a little hopeful.
Now for a win at Villa Park on Saturday.