DANNY Simpson is proud of his status as Newcastle United’s only ever-present this season – and is anxious to keep it today.
The Magpies’ success this term has been based on the stability which comes from not changing the team for the sake of it.
That said, even Alan Pardew has been prepared to use his squad in the League Cup.
Simpson is the only player not to have had a rest of some kind this term, but will not be happy if that changes when his former club Blackburn Rovers are visitors in the FA Cup this afternoon.
He said: “I want to play every game. No chance do I want to rest! I am quite relaxed.
“I am quite young still and you do not want anyone to play in your position. They might come in and play well. I want to play the games. I am physically fine so hopefully I will be starting.”
It was Blackburn who knocked Newcastle out of the League Cup, 4-3 in a pulsating fourth round tie the Magpies took to extra-time.
Revenge will motivate 25-year-old Simpson, but he also sees the game as important in the context of the season as a whole after putting a run of one win from eight matches behind them with an impressive 3-0 success over Manchester United.
Simpson added: “The manager said after the match we had to enjoy it on Wednesday night, then we had to recover right because we had a game in three days.
“Blackburn beat us at their place. We tried our best that night but it did not pay off. We want to get our own back and have a good cup run.
“We have a team with a lot of commitment, we are never-say-die so we all want to have a good cup run.
“We are doing well in the league, we have 33 points, so we do not want to have a disappointment today – especially after Wednesday night.
“They are coming to our place and we are full of confidence. They have problems, so we want to take advantage.”