Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Danny's Fisred Up for Borough Test

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Danny's Fisred Up for Borough Test

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Byline: LEE RYDER

DANNY SIMPSON has a simple message ahead of the FA Cup third-round tie with Stevenage: "Bring it on."

The tie has already been underlined as a potential banana skin for Newcastle United, with TV crews eagerly setting up their cameras in hope of a shock against the League Two side.

There has been plenty of bad blood between the two teams in the past. But Simpson ignored all the hype and feels that, with United on a roll after wins against West Ham and Wigan, it is all about keeping his place in the team - especially with the Tyne-Wear derby up next.

He told the Chronicle: "I want to play in every game, to be honest.

"We have had a lot of games over the Christmas period, but I still want to play.

"I don't want to let somebody else come in and get my place.

"If they play well then they might retain their place, so I am keen to keep going."

Yet Simpson knows it won't be easy against the side that were playing non-league football just 12 months ago.

He said: "Stevenage will be a tough game, but after that we have a good week to prepare for Sunderland.

"I think most of the lads are in the same frame of mind as me."

Simpson has just turned 24 and the former Man United man admits it has been a week full of welcome presents after the demolition job against West Ham and three points against Wigan.

He said: "It was a nice birthday present for me and a good performance.

"It follows on from Wigan and it could easily have been four or five nil then as well.

"But to get a win against West Ham was great because we knew how important it was.

"We've jumped up the table and it gives us breathing space.

"We knew that if our game plan was right and we all played well, we would be a success.

"To be 5-0 up with 20 minutes to go was nice!

"It would have been nice to have scored too, but maybe another time. …

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