Draw feels like a win – Newcastle United’s Danny Simpson

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DANNY Simpson says the timing of Newcastle’s equaliser against Sunderland made the derby draw feel like a victory, writes GARY FOSTER.

The full-back was delighted that the Tynesiders came from behind to claim a point, and while the game ended with honours even, Simpson says it’s the hosts who will be on a high after the result.

“Last season, we left their place, when they scored in the last minute, and it hurt as it felt like we lost,” he said.

“This time, we scored in the last minute, and it feels like a win.

“It hurts when you concede in the last minute, and it will hurt them.”

The draw at the Sports Direct Arena leaves the Magpies in the ascendancy when it comes to North East bragging rights, with Simpson saying: “We’ve taken four points from them in the last two seasons, and we’re unbeaten in the last five games against them.”

The former Manchester United man, who spent a loan spell on Wearside in 2006/07, said: “It’s always a tough game against Sunderland, but they have been doing well and you can see the difference in them.

“They’re a solid team and defend well.”

Despite trailing at the break, Simpson always felt the Magpies were in with a shout, and believes there was only one team in the game after the restart.

“In the first half, it was disappointing for us to concede a penalty,” he said. “However, it was the opposite to Wolves (last week) – we came out in the second half and went for it.

“For me, we battered Sunderland.

“Maybe – with the shots we had, the possession and the chances we had – we should have won.

“The second-half performance was there for all to see. We had chance after chance and they weren’t going in, but even after we missed the penalty we kept going and going.”