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Play Danny Simpson At Right Back Againt QPR

6:06 pm, Saturday, May 11th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 68 Comments

Alan Pardew has a decision to make tomorrow as to who he starts at right-bank for Newcastle, given that French International Mathieu Debuchy has served his one match ban after being sent off in the 6-0 trouncing against Liverpool.

danny simpson in new strip

Danny Simpson – start him tomorrow

Danny Simpson will be leaving the club this summer, when his contract runs out, so the future of Newcastle is with Mathieu Debuchy at right back – that’s true.

But when you look at the game Debuchy had against Liverpool (poor) and the game that Danny had in the 0-0 draw at West Ham last Saturday (solid) – Danny should be preferred tomorrow and deserves to keep his place.

Danny also has stacks of Premier League experience, and he’s never let Newcastle down and has played for a long time with the two center-backs Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor.

This is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today about the situation:

“There’s a decision to be made.” “Danny was absolutely fabulous at West Ham.” “There have been a few negative things said about Danny.”

“But when we’ve really needed him, he’s come to the fore.”  “He played a lot last year in that top-five run.” “He’s been a terrific servant for us.”

Alan has to play his best team tomorrow  and if it means for this game or the last two games even,  that he plays Danny Simpson – for his extra Premier League experience and the fact he’s in good form – then so be it.

Danny has played 84 times in the Premier League for Newcastle over the last three seasons, and Mathieu has played 12 times for Newcastle since arriving in January.

And Mathieu will have ample time in the seasons ahead to rack up some first team appearances for Newcastle, but we must get a result at QPR tomorrow,  if we are to stay in the Premier League.

That’s job one at Newcastle – in fact it’s the only job that matters right now.

Play Danny Simpson at right back tomorrow.

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68 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Newcastle Brown Alien // May 11, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Debuchy please

  • 2 Bambams // May 11, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    I have to agree. Debuchy needs a pre season.
    Hopefully in the premiership!

  • 3 magpie6699 // May 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    watching the cup final. 0-0 half-time. Desperately hoping for extra time, penalties plus Wigan lose. Also 3 of their players to be taken off injured and another 3 to be red-carded. Not much to hope for.
    Gosh I’m so sporting!

  • 4 WWYCD // May 11, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Unfortunately Simmo isn’t the future RB so I’d be shocked if Debuchy wasn’t back starting tomorrow even if he is yet to settle

  • 5 mattnufc // May 11, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Offer him a contract then Pardew.

  • 6 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 11, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    We need our attack minded players on the field, that means Debuchy needs to be marauding down the wing, he’s a tidy defender too so for me it’s a no brainer.

    C’mon Pardew, do the right thing for once man.

  • 7 Tinman - Pardwho? // May 11, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    That is one of the biggest heaps of sh!t I have ever heard!
    Will be shocked and apalled, yet again, if Debuchy doesnt start.
    French International, one of our best players, or Simpson…

    What a heap of crap article this actually is.
    Shows how fickle people are saying they would start him when a few months ago he was being called worse than terrible

  • 8 gdw298 // May 11, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Debuchy. One decent game doesnt put Simmo above an International. He was our weakest player last season in a team that had Willo. He was rubbish for the 1st half of this season, thats why Ashley bought a RB as our 1st piece of business in Jan. If he was as good as he’s been made out, someone would have signed him in Jan on a pre-contract, or we’d have offered him a new one.

  • 9 TimKrulFan // May 11, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    I can almost guarantee Simpson and guti will play tomorrow. Wigan are looking impressive hope they win and manage to stay up at sunderlands exspence.

  • 10 Jamiemac // May 11, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Simpson please. Debuchy is has been shocking defensively recently and a clean sheet tomorrow is vital.

  • 11 JAMSHA // May 11, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Yes Plzz Play Danny…

  • 12 Offkey // May 11, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Pro Pards people – Can any of you who keep talking about injuries show me some of the figures. I have looked at our injury totals from this year and last (injury league) and whilst substantially higher this year, I cant help think that is down to mainly fringe players with long term injuries. Can you persuade me otherwise with facts? ………….I am actually interested and not being sarcastic.

  • 13 jimiley // May 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Play Simpson and we lose. Simples. A Championship player at best. You know naff all Ed!!!

  • 14 toonarmydownsouth // May 11, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Not disputing your point but do you not think squad players play a pivitol role in a season with a european campaign where you need to rely on squad rotation?
    Rafa has said how playing in europe this season has heavily effected his squad with fatigue, although injuries are not the only reason for the league position i dont think you can dismiss them all together

  • 15 Offkey // May 11, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Example of figures I am talking about (in post 12) and looking for but cant find (these are fictitious)

    2011-12 Colo out 12 games 2012-13 Colo out 18 games
    2011-12 Krul out 4 games 2012-13 Krul out 8 games

  • 16 northernirishtoon // May 11, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Think boys are a bit harsh on Simpson

    He’s been a good servant for us

    I’m not sure who I would start. On one hand debuchy is more attacking but laid down at Liverpool and looked a fish out of water
    Danny is solid at the back and probably better defensively but couldn’t cross his legs and struggles to pass it to a black and white shirt

    Decisions decisions

  • 17 northernirishtoon // May 11, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    McManamon is playing well

    Sign him up!!!!

  • 18 Offkey // May 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Tads – I understand what you’re saying mate. I wasn’t trying to make a (back handed) point but just trying to understand it more. If you look at the figures I am trying to find above, it is so I can base my opinion on facts rather than just thinking its mainly Pards fault. Of course games played and other figures would also have to be looked at.

  • 19 Big Pappa Cissé // May 11, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    As much as I hate Mcmanaman he is gunna be some player like. I would take a trio of Kone, Maloney and Mcmanaman from Wigan when they go down.

  • 20 TimKrulFan // May 11, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    We need a win not a draw Debeuchy please

  • 21 toonarmydownsouth // May 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    I think it’s harsh to judge debuchy that critically purely on the liverpool gamthe whole squad looked out of there depth and i dont agree he got sent off just to run away as people were suggesting at the time, for me it was a challenge purely out of frustration
    QPR are without samba and to leave debuchy out seeing as he seems to be the only player who can cross would be madness
    Danny did well at west ham, but debuchy has done well full stop
    One bad game doesnt make him s bad player

  • 22 TimKrulFan // May 11, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Wigan are playing insane.

  • 23 JAMSHA // May 11, 2013 at 6:53 PM


    wat inpact has debuchy made????? playn debuchy we are losseng…. play simo n ul stay in.bpl… watch out… simo haters

  • 24 toonarmydownsouth // May 11, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Its alright mate i get where your coming from
    I do think that injuries have played a part this season but also think there have been more factors
    Like 5 new players going straight in to the first team with no time to gel, key players looking desperatly out of form, poor tactics etc
    We have just imploded this season!
    I dont blame pardew solely for the mess where in this season but i do think his position is untenable now

  • 25 Jackel001 // May 11, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Wow it just shows that some of you’s haven’t a clue about football.

    For me debuchy showed that he couldn’t give two sh!ts against liverpool, look at his second yellow and how he just ran straight down the tunnel like he couldn’t care. Plus he was in enrique’s back pocket all game. Now I’m not saying he isn’t a good player but I just think he needs more time and time isn’t what our squad has atm.

    Simpson gives everything each game, he may not be the best but remember the west ham game, he had one of the best I’ve seen him, now whether thats to do with wanting a new contract I don’t know but for me it HAS to be Simpson. All the bull about how deb ” Hes an international” is laughable, if a player isn’t playing well drop him, international or not he hasn’t got fully to grips with the premiership which is understandable.

    I’m apprehensive about the squad selection tomorrow but one name I would start is Simpson!

  • 26 northernirishtoon // May 11, 2013 at 6:57 PM


    Wasn’t been overly critical of debuchy mate just thought he laid down and your 100% right a lot of the other players did too. Just making the point that I think boys re being unfair on Simpson as he’s been a good servant and always put in a decent shift

  • 27 JAMSHA // May 11, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    @ Jackel001 agree with u

  • 28 toonarmydownsouth // May 11, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Really hope wigan hang on…………..then get done in extra time so there absolutley knackered when they play a fast paced arsenal

    Citeh down to ten men though…….

  • 29 matias // May 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Still 0-0. Hope ManC scores at the beginning of ET to force Wigan to really press for another half an hour.

    I wouldn`t mind Simmo starting. Debuchy could be used as an impact sub. I`d like Guti too but otherwise I hope to see the flair players on. Anita for me isn`t a player for tomorrow.

    Oh, City down to 10 men. Hopefully the ref evens that out soon.

  • 30 Big Pappa Cissé // May 11, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    If City lose this Mancini is a goner

  • 31 Offkey // May 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Tads – At the moment, my view on our current plight is somewhat harsher on Pards (well its what Mike calls him) than yours. However, I will freely say that is based on my perceptions and memory rather than anything more concrete ……wouldn’t mind seeing a good analysis of it all……suppose I will have to wait till the end of the season, they usually pop up then

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // May 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    That mirrors my thoughts exactly

  • 33 toonarmydownsouth // May 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    I agree simmo puts in 100% but for me we need our best attacking side out tomos and for me that would have debs at RB
    If we were playing for a draw or a clean sheet then fair enough but we need 3 points tomos, samba is injured and we need to utilize his crossing ability against them

  • 34 LeedsMag // May 11, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Sad to admit that Wigan are a much better team than us, probably going to beat Citeh and get a tremendous lift for the last 2 games and a demoralised Citeh will fail to beat Norwich on the last day = us being relegated again .I’m so p***ed off

  • 35 Big Pappa Cissé // May 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM


  • 36 toonarmydownsouth // May 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Ahhhhh cant believe wigan have won the FA cup’

  • 37 Offkey // May 11, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    I really dislike Wigan…….hope they go down.

  • 38 magpie6699 // May 11, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Pee po belly bum drawers!

  • 39 toonarmydownsouth // May 11, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Thats mancini sacked in the morning

  • 40 Big Pappa Cissé // May 11, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Well Martinez has done something Pardew hasn’t. Would you still not have him now 🙂

  • 41 toonarmydownsouth // May 11, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    I fcuking hate dave whealen

  • 42 Big Pappa Cissé // May 11, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Fair play to Wigan. They played football against City and won not just trying to hold on and hope. I still reckon they will go down. Look what happened to Swansea after they won the cup.

  • 43 magpie6699 // May 11, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Loathe Wigan – Mcmanathug, Martinez- Hypocrite and Whelan Wide boy!

  • 44 Black and White with an army lol // May 11, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    well done Wigan you’s fully deserve to win

  • 45 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 11, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Hmm, enjoy it while it lasts Wigan. In between your European trips you’ll be making the heady trips to Doncaster and Barnsley.

    Detestable club.

  • 46 Big Pappa Cissé // May 11, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Who else reckons that is Mancini gone then ? .

  • 47 Newcastle Brown Alien // May 11, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    hangover effect now hopefully

  • 48 gaz 44 // May 11, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Wow ruddy what you got against South Yorkshire lol

  • 49 TimKrulFan // May 11, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Wish we had Wigans manager!

  • 50 Jackel001 // May 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Wigan totally deserve it on that game of football.

    Hope the curse of winning a trophy continues!

  • 51 Taking the Papiss // May 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    I have a feeling this is going to destroy Wigan. If results go against them tomorrow (ie us, sunderland and norwich get points) Wigan will be all but down, if they don’t I think the emotion of this will be too draining.

  • 52 bills-son // May 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Absolutey fantastic performance from Wigan and well deserved.

    Macmanaman was outstanding and I’d have him at the Toon any day of the week.

  • 53 davetoon // May 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    yep, hope they all go out and get pissed as tonight

  • 54 TimKrulFan // May 11, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Wigan and Swansea win the cups imagine if we had a manager like that!

  • 55 TimKrulFan // May 11, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    If Wigan win their last two games they stay up they will proberly do it.

  • 56 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 11, 2013 at 7:19 PM


    Nothing against South Yorkshire, just the first two names I picked out of the fizzy pop haha

  • 57 toonluvva // May 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    I hope the Wigan players are tired on Tuesday against Arsenal.

    Sadly we are having to rely on other teams to keep us up.

    We’ve seen enough, Ashley. Even if we survive you can’t run a team like that.

    Llambias & Pardew OUT.

    If Wigan lose on Tuesday and we are safe, sack them both immediately after the game. I don’t care if the tea lady has to pick the team for Sunday against Arsenal as long as Pardew is gone.

  • 58 beefman13 // May 11, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Wigan rubbed us all up a couple of month ago, but am chuffed for them today, fantastic performance, our arch enemy mcmanaman was simply top drawer, they play very gud football, should not be were they are in the league, martinez plays entertaining football what we crave, it does look like hes off at the end of the season though, i would like it to be at the toon, different class from tony pardew!

  • 59 Black and White with an army lol // May 11, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    if Martinez did leave Wigan at the end of season he will go to Everton simple as.

  • 60 northernirishtoon // May 11, 2013 at 7:28 PM


    If we win 2moro we stay up


  • 61 jimiley // May 11, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    The fat man is choking on his pint. He hates Dave whelan. Whelan has won something the fat man and the Toon never will. We are the eternal chokers whether we are trying to win something or fight relegation. Great to see Wigan play much better footy than we can only dream about. I want us to stay up but in footy terms they are much better than us. We should be going down because we play rubbish. I would swap their team and manager for ours at the drop of a hat. So jealous. Any crappy little team can win something except us. Dream on fat man!!!!!

  • 62 sparky55 // May 11, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Whoever plays right back tomorrow is largely irrelevant…it’s the set up of midfield / attack and the mindset Pardew sends the lads out in.

    With Villa losing today and a guarantee of survival if we beat QPR tomorrow then we have to go for it…

    Please play Anita, please play Cabaye in an advanced role, please play Ben Arfa on the right wing, gouffy on the left and please leave Guti on the bench.

  • 63 Goodfella // May 11, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Agree m8 turned straight off when thy scored carnt stand to see his smug face

  • 64 northernirishtoon // May 11, 2013 at 7:36 PM


    ‘Great to see Wigan play much better footy than we can only dream about’

    Are you wise. It’s disgusting that they play better football than us. It’s annoying as hell. Far from great

  • 65 LeedsMag // May 11, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Well deserved – I wanted them to go down simply for Whelans comments after our game – the player thats done it all for them should have been sent off against us with a 3 match ban – looks like the season may turn on that decision.Wigan have the belief and momentum.I dont think we have it in us to save ourselves – pains me to say it – hate relying on other teams to keep us up.Its us or Norwich now and it looks like we cant rely on City to beat them
    What is Mancini on? his selections and subs are as bad as Pardews

  • 66 sparky55 // May 11, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Always liked Martinez…all you have to do is imagine what he could do with a team full of internationals and a half decent transfer budget….but unfortunately we’ll never know know.

    Puts everything into perspective really and shows Pardew up for the kn@cker he is

  • 67 Spotlight Kid // May 11, 2013 at 8:10 PM


    We are the eternal chokers….

    From someone who remembers seeing your chosen nom-de-plume play regularly back in the 60s, I can (from the bitter experience of attending too many of these ‘bottling it’ occasions since then) endorse the perspicacity of this observation.

  • 68 AndyMac // May 13, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Sorry if the points been made already but does Simmo get sent off on a regular basis ? Debuchy was a liability on Sunday and has given away a penalty at Villa as well as QPR but maybe elsewhere too?

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