Danny Simpson has been one of the surprise successes this season in a defense that has so far been unchanged in all the Premier League games.
Danny Simpson – players will not be affected by controversy
Danny has continued to improve this season, as he did last season, and has helped to create at Newcastle, what is currently the best defense in the football league, with the least goals conceded.
Newcastle have conceded only 8 goals in their 11 league games so far, although big tests await in the next three games at the two Manchester clubs and at home to Chelsea.
It’s not surprising that Danny has talked obliquely about the St. James’ Park renaming rights controversy going on at the moment on Tyneside, but he says it will not affect the Newcastle players:
“Whatever has gone on in the last week, the team will not be affected by it.” “It is not our responsibility – winning games is. We are still on the training pitch working as hard as ever.”
“We are still working on what we are going to do at Manchester City at the weekend and we are still preparing for the games in the same way we normally would.”
“We have really appreciated the way the supporters have helped us and responded to us this season.” “I am pretty sure come 3pm on Saturday they will be behind us all the way and supporting the team.”
“We have no fear of playing anyone at the moment.” “We have put ourselves in a fantastic position. Of course it is going to be tough because they are a good team, but we are concentrating on what we can do.”
“We know if we stick to a plan and we play the way we know we can and fight the way we have so far this season we are a very good team. That is why we are third in the league.”
“We are not there by fluke, we are there because we have proved when we stick to our plan and work hard we are a very good team.”
Good words from Danny boy, and of course the last thing we want to see is demonstrations and the like before these games, as that will hardly help the players or Alan Pardew and his coaching staff.
But if Newcastle fans can just support Alan, the coaching staff and the players through this season, and not think too much about Ashley or LLambias, it can work out very well, as it did famously during the promotion season.
It’s a good question as to how many points Newcastle can get from their next three games, but even in the very worst case, if they lose all three games, Newcastle should still be well positioned in the league and should be able to push on from there.
Certainly it looks very possible to achieve the goal of finishing in the top ten in the Premier League this season, and even doing a lot better than that.
Howay The Lads!!