Simpson rates Spurs

Spurs have great chance of winning League, says Simpson

Last Updated: 12/02/12 2:15pm

Newcastle's Danny Simpson told Goals on Sunday that Tottenham are the best side he's played against this season.

Spurs smacked five past Alan Pardew's side on Saturday at White Hart Lane to cement their position in the top three and dampen the Magpies' hopes of finishing in a Champions League qualification spot.

Full-back Simpson admitted the visitors were always up against it after Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Louis Saha found the net early on to wreck their game-plan. Read our report here.

"Conceding two goals in five minutes doesn't help," reflected Simpson. "Tottenham are a great team and to concede two disappointing goals in the first five minutes, it's going to be tough from then on.

"We base our game - especially away from home - on making sure we are solid in the first 10 minutes and don't concede, especially against the top teams. To go 2-0 down, the fans lift up and the players are confident and it's tough.

"The manager was obviously disappointed because before the game he said we had a great chance to perform and maybe break into the top four at this stage of the season.

"But he said you've got to hold your hands up - they are a great team and they played really well.

"I think Spurs have got a great chance [of winning the Premier League]. We've played against the top teams this season and for me they are the best team we've played against."

Confidence

Pardew has already ruled himself out of the selection process that will decide who succeeds Fabio Capello as England boss, but Simpson said he has no doubt that the 50-year-old will manage at international level at some point in the future.

"For me personally he has been a top manager," said Simpson. "He gives a lot of confidence; he is very thorough and gives us all of the information that we need for games. He is a man-manager; if you need to talk to him, his door's open and he gives great advice.

"He's still young and, for me personally, in the future I can see him doing [the England job].

Team-mate and fellow Goals on Sunday guest Demba Ba agreed - and said Pardew's qualities shine throughout the Newcastle team.

"He is a good manager because he knows what he's doing. Every time when we have a game-plan and we stick on it, we can have a good result. He gives us confidence.

"We have a good spirit in the team, we have some good players with a good mentality. Most of us are young players and they just want to enjoy and show how good they are.

"Our goal was to reach the top 10, so if we are seventh or eighth at the end of the season we have reached our goal. We'd be happy with that."

Ba is particularly pleased that Pardew signed fellow Senegal striker Papiss Demba Cissé in the January transfer window and revealed that the Newcastle boss even asked him whether he should recruit the 26-year-old.

"He [Pardew] called me when Papiss came up for his medical and I said 'if you want somebody who can score goals, then you have the right man because in the box he is terrible [to control].

"He is very quiet and he's working very hard as well. His English is bad but he's going to be good because he learnt German pretty fast, so he won't struggle!"