DANNY Simpson insists Newcastle United’s players “left everything on the pitch” at Craven Cottage.
Simpson and his team-mates were beaten 2-1 by Fulham last night to leave the club perilously close to the Premier League’s relegation zone.
Newcastle had started the game on the back foot, and went behind to Steve Sidwell’s strike, but they fought back, and Hatem Ben Arfa levelled with a stunning goal early in the second-half.
However, Hugo Rodallega was allowed to head Damien Duff free-kick past Tim Krul.
Defender Simpson says the club’s players couldn’t have given any more at Craven Cottage as they slipped to a fifth defeat in seven games.
“It’s tough again – we’re doing all of the right things,” Simpson told the Gazette.
“We were sat in the dressing room afterwards, and everybody and felt like we had nothing left to give.
“It was like we’d left everything on the pitch. I don’t think we have played as well as that for a long time.
“In the second half, I don’t think we’ve put in as many shots and crosses.
“We hit the post and the bar, and the keeper (Mark Schwarzer) made save after save.
“To have that kind of pressure, and play the way we did attacking-wise, you have to take something from it. It’s just disappointing again.”
United manager Alan Pardew was frustrated at the ease with which Rodallega beat captain Fabricio Coloccini to head the winning goal.
“It was another soft goal to concede,” added Simpson. “It was just a free-kick into the box, and Rodallega isn’t the biggest lad, is he?
“If it was (Brede) Hangeland who comes in and powers home, fair enough. But it was disappointing.”
Newcastle were backed by around 3,000 fans on a bitterly cold night at Craven Cottage.
“It’s hard to take defeats for the fans,” said Simpson. “But I think they can see that it just isn’t happening for us.
“They can see that we are all working 100 per cent – every single one of us.
“That’s what they want to see from people in a Newcastle shirt, and they can tell we aren’t getting the luck.
“They’re just as frustrated as us. We just have to keep doing what we’re doing.
“We’re still a good team, and have good players. We are missing one or two, but the team that was on there is more than capable of winning games.
“We just have to do the right things, and we’ll get more points on the board.”