Newcastle United’s Danny Simpson fighting to be an ever-present for tonight’s big clash with Chelsea

Newcastle's Danny Simpson takes on James McCarthy of Wigan.
Newcastle's Danny Simpson takes on James McCarthy of Wigan.

DANNY Simpson is battling to keep his ever-present tag at Newcastle United tonight – and help the club put the case for the defence.

Simpson is a doubt for tonight’s game against Chelsea with a knock suffered in the club’s 4-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic.

“It hurts to concede four goals – we’d had five clean sheets in six games,” Simpson said.

“To concede like we did was disappointing – it does hurt.

“We’d been giving the likes of Hatem, Demba and Papiss a good platform. It wasn’t meant to be, but we’ll look at DVDs are try and take something out of it.”

Read more of Danny Simpson’s thoughts ahead of tonight’s big clash in today’s Sportmail.

And don’t forget tomorrow’s Sportmail for Miles Starforth’s match report.