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Beardsley – Danny Simpson A Much Better Player Than I Realized

Danny Simpson has another excellent game for Newcastle Reserves yesterday at Bloomfield Road.

Danny Simpson – another excellent game for Reserves yesterday

And after the Reserves came back from 2-0 down at Blackpool after 61 minutes to win 3-2, Reserve team manager  Peter Beardsley confessed that he didn’t realize Danny Simpson was such a good player – a compliment indeed from Peter.

And Beardsley was appreciative of the professionalism Danny has shown the youngsters in both Reserve team games he’s played in the last week, and he’s been a great example to our youngsters.

But it looks like Danny is looking for at least one more game for the Reserves to get fully match fit,  before he’ll be in the first team squad and trying to wrestle his place back at right-back from James Perch.

This is what Danny told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Competition’s part of football – it keeps you on your toes.” “It makes you want to improve and train even harder, because if you do not play well, someone will take your place.”“James Perch has done well, and Ryan Taylor has also done well in the Carling Cup.”

“I think it is healthy there is such competition.”  “You never know what will happen with injuries and people being suspended.” “As long as I am fit, I will be ready for when the manager decides to give me a game.”

“I would not want to come into the first-team not 100%.” “I’ve have been out a long time, so when I come back I want to be champing at the bit and able to get up and down the pitch.”  “I will have another reserves game under my belt, keep training with the first-team, and I will nearly be there.”

Good words from Danny and we’re very pleased he’s at the club,  and will soon be available for the first team, where he will get the chance to prove he’s a Premier League class player this season. We hope he does just that.

It was a great win yesterday for the Reserves, but one thing that will be worrying Paul Barron, the goalkeeping coach,  who was at the game with Colin Calderwood and Peter yesterday, is the form of Ole Soderberg, who was at fault for both Blackpool goals yesterday.

Ole is the number two goalkeeper at Newcastle right now, as long as Steve Harper is out injured with a shoulder injury, and Fraser Forster is on loan at Celtic.

We estimate Steve will be back in around another six weeks or so, since it was almost four weeks ago when he was injured at Everton.

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 14, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #1

    From what I have been told Soderberg had his first stinker yesterday. By and large he has been fairly consistent where he has played so I don’t think this is too much of a panic moment. After all, even Peter Cech has a stinker now and again (not often enough IMO like!).

  • stestickle

    Oct 14, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #2

    was worried end of last season thinking can danny cut it EPL but having to watch perch since the start of the season who always looks like he is crapping his pants to me so looking forward to having danny back but will hoots drop perch ?

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 14, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #3



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