Simpson hails Pardew’s half-time blast

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DANNY Simpson has paid tribute to Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew for giving him the half-time team talk of his life.

But the defender doesn’t want to see Pardew blow his top like he did on Saturday again.

Simpson and his team-mates made Premier League history when they fought back from four goals down to draw 4-4 with Arsenal at St James’s Park.

While Cheik Tiote’s stunning late equaliser – and the incident involved Joey Barton and About Diaby, who was dismissed – dominated the headlines, the most significant few minutes of the afternoon were in the home dressing room at the break.

And Simpson admitted they deserved every word of their dressing down given their desperate first-half performance.

“We were a disgrace in the first half,” Simpson told SportMail, “The manager went mad at us – he shouted at a couple of us and went mad.

“We took it on board. That’s credit to the team, and you have to respect the manager for getting a reaction out of us. He said ‘forget the score, and go out and show some pride’

“We went out and showed some pride. To come back from four down against Arsenal is a credit to the lads.

“Thanks to the fans for sticking by us – they must have been calling us everything under the sun in the first half.

“That’s understandable. The fans who stayed – which was the majority – stuck by us and didn’t turn their back on us. They got us going, they made Arsenal nervous and kicked us on.”

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