Danny Simpson is under pressure from manager Alan Pardew to sign his new contract at Newcastle.
Thanks pal – Krul congratulates Simpson after amazing goal line clearance
It’s a five year deal that’s on the table for him, but he has so far refused to sign it, as he looks for improved terms, but thankfully the contract situation has not affected the Salford-born player’s form.
Danny was one of many who had a good game for Newcatsle on Saturday afternoon, as the Newcastle defense somehow were able not to concede, after Demba Ba had equalized from a controversial penalty on 64 minutes.
And it was a breathtaking clearance off the goal line after 87 minutes from Danny Simpson, that stood out as the former Manchester United player was there to clear off the line from Hernendez, as Tim Krul seemed to have been finally beaten.
But the lads held out, much to the anger of Red Devils boss Alex Ferguson, who was less than classy in his comments after the game.
This is what Danny Simpson told the Newcastle press today:
“I don’t score many goals so this is probably the closest I can get to it.” “To come back here and help my team get a point was brilliant.”
“It was just my instinct to be back on the line because you know what Hernández is like in the box. He is so good, he gets things. I just got myself there.”
“The last ten minutes was just wave after wave. There were blocks, clearances, headers – we have been doing that all season.”
“My clearance off the line would not have meant anything had we not gone on to get a point.” “Especially with ten men we battled and dug in.”
“I have watched United over the years, and they are known for last-minute goals,” “The manager said before the game, it is not about 90 minutes it is about 98 or whatever.”
“It is true and you just have to concentrate. You have to defend well and dig in.” “People might say we were a bit lucky, but (we showed) the fight, the energy and the work-rate.”
“When you go 1-0 down at Old Trafford they usually go on to win. They have 70-odd thousand cheering them on. It was a bit of an unfortunate goal we conceded as well.”
“Tayls hit the ball against Hernández and Tim did his best but could not get there.” “It was one of those things, a freak goal. The main thing is we kept our heads after that and kept going.”
“When it went to 1-1, you know what is going to happen. Tim Krul made some great saves. It was a great result and it feels like a win.”
It was a good response from our lads to their first defeat of the season the week before at the Etihad Stadium.
And as things turned out a Red Devils win could have had Manchester United gain two points on on their rivals City, who were held to a 1-1 draw at Liverpool yesterday.
Next up for Newcastle is another tough game at home to Chelsea in an early kick-off game on Saturday afternoon – 12:45 pm.
That game is probably the easiest of the last three, and a win would mean that Newcastle will have taken 4 points from the three tough games against three of the top five sides in the league.
If Newcastle put in one of their better performances at St. James’ Park on Saturday, there is also no reason why we cannot take all three points against Chelsea, and remain in 4th position in the league.
Howay The Lads!!