Simp­son ex­pect­ing a tough test on his Ty­ne­side re­turn

The Chronicle - - Nufc -

DANNY Simp­son will re­turn to St James’ Park this week­end with a Premier League ti­tle win on his CV with Le­ices­ter City.

The for­mer New­cas­tle United star, though, has warned his team-mates they are fac­ing a “tough” test on Ty­ne­side.

Le­ices­ter will be look­ing to keep up their mo­men­tum to­mor­row evening af­ter two im­pres­sive wins over Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur and Burn­ley.

City have been re­ju­ve­nated un­der Claude Puel, los­ing just one of six matches since the ex-Southamp­ton boss took over from Craig Shake­speare.

Look­ing ahead to the game, full-back Simp­son said: “We want to keep it go­ing now.

“It is all about con­fi­dence and mo­men­tum, es­pe­cially in this busy pe­riod in De­cem­ber.

“To pick up a point at West Ham and then two wins, it has been a good eight days for us.”

How­ever, Simp­son knows it will not be easy at his old stomp­ing ground and, with a trip to Puel’s old club Southamp­ton fol­low­ing next week, he warned: “We have two away games com­ing up and they will be two tough games.

“It will be im­por­tant to have a few days off be­cause af­ter that games are ev­ery three or four days.”

Al­though con­fi­dence is high in the camp at Le­ices­ter af­ter those two great wins, Simp­son in­sisted: “It is al­ways good to claim back-to-back wins, es­pe­cially at home.

“When you are at home, you want to use it to your ad­van­tage.

“Burn­ley are a com­pletely dif­fer­ent team to Tot­ten­ham. Burn­ley have changed their style this sea­son.

“They are still a bit di­rect but they can play as well.

“It was great for the lads, though, be­cause it is al­ways good to score an early goal.”

Danny Simp­son

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