Newcastle will hope to have Fab Coloccini, Tim Krul, Steven Taylor and Danny Simpson all back for the game against Sunderland, at the Stadium of Light on Sunday afternoon.
Danny Simpson – we want all 3 points on Sunday
That will improve our starting eleven a lot if those four players can all make it, and we need them back, because we were decidedly second best in our last game against Manchester United, when they took us to the cleaners in those first 25 minutes at St. James’ Park.
Danny Simpson talked about the derby game in the local press today:
“We haven’t done everything different. We know what we’ve got to do,” “It is three points and we need three points.” “We lost the last game, but we have come back after the break and everyone was buzzing and on it because everyone wants to be involved on Sunday.”
“It lifts everyone, everyone raises their game and gives that extra ten per cent in training. The manager doesn’t have to do that much because he knows everyone wants to be involved and he sees how much we want it.” “The last two weeks, it’s all that has been spoken about.”
“Obviously more so this week for the build up. It’s class, we talk about our games and our goals and all the history of it,” “I’ve been lucky to play in four and touch wood I haven’t lost yet.”
“My first one was beating them 5-1 here, I’d just come back from injury and to play in that and to beat them the way we did was class.” “Since that game they’ve been pretty close games, but the 5-1 was definitely my best one.”
Of course Danny Simpson was on loan at Sunderland when Roy Keane was the manager, and he helped them get promoted back to the Premier League in 2007, when he played 14 times for the Black Cats.
We’ll not know whether any of those four will be in the starting eleven until an hour before the kick-off, but we have to hope all four can make it, and that we get a much better performance from the lads, than they gave in their last outing.
We need all 3 points on Sunday.
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