Ex-Mag Danny Simpson was booed by NUFC fans during our 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, however the Leicester right-back has got a few things badly wrong in his post-match assessment of it all.
His justification for the boos seems slightly backwards, but it’s also his take on our approach to the game and the ‘big decisions’ during it that are quite laughable (someones quite bitter about the result it seems).
Firstly, he’s suggested that the reaction (boos) was inevitable after he left the club and went on to win the league with Leicester. A pretty obvious bit of gloating from him for a start, but if anything, fans would be less likely to boo him after he became one of very few NUFC players who’ve actually gone on to better themselves after leaving NUFC.
He goes on to make a few more strange comments yet, but here’s what he had to say about the boos to begin with:
“I left the club and went and won the league so… I do understand the reaction,”
“I left that club when I turned down a contract and left on a free. It turned out OK for me but I understand it from their point of view.
“At the same time I played nearly 140 games for them and gave it my best. For the last I don’t know how many years I was part of a team that was successful for them.
“We finished fifth and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League. It didn’t go too bad. I left and made the decision, and it was the right one.”
He then proceeds to throw a bit of shade at our approach to the game, suggesting we just put 11 behind the ball and regularly played long ball to create openings at the other end (not true):
“I think we knew what kind of team we were up against,”
“It was pretty much 11 defenders and they pretty much win the ball back, hit the long ball and that was the first goal. We didn’t start the greatest.
“The lads kept going but I think when they have 11 behind the ball and you are 1-0 down against a team like that it is difficult to get chances and break them down.”
An interesting take from Danny Simpson on our tactics given Leicester won the league doing that pic.twitter.com/4pM81jVEol
— pombar (@Fandanjoe) April 9, 2018
Then it gets worse. He laments the refs decision not to give a penalty at 1-0 (Dummett on Mahrez), saying it would’ve totally changed the game, however he’s totally skipped the part Maguire pushed Gayle in the face – something which, by the letter of the law, should’ve been a straight red:
“That is the thing. That is a penalty and it is 1-1 and it changes the game. They have to come out. The whole game changes,”
“I think you see straight away we didn’t get it and it give them a lift. If it goes 1-1 the game changes and they have to come at us.
“I didn’t speak to him [referee Stuart Attwell], but he knows and he would have known at half-time.
“But he has a linesman who is 20 yards away from it. They are a team so if he couldn’t see it then he has to ask his linesman.
“The decisions are the decisions and you have to move on from that and try to get back into the game.”
Painfully biased comments, but fair play to him. He was unspectacular, but a solid performer for us, and he’s gone on to win the title at Leicester.
Keep reminding yourself you’re a title winner Danny – you’ll get over it!