Danny Simpson

Our last three results have been disappointing - particularly the 5-1 defeat at Bolton last weekend - but there's no better game to bounce back from it than one against the reigning champions, Chelsea!

We've played well against the top teams and the games people didn't expect us to win have tended to be the ones we've gathered points from this season, so hopefully that pattern will continue on Sunday. They have had a few iffy results lately too, so both us and them will be going for it. That will, I imagine, make for a good game.

I've heard a bit about Chelsea's problems of late - but they're still top of the league, so it's not a bad problem to have! Admittedly, the top sides don't usually lose three out of four league games, so the papers are bound to jump on that, but they won in Europe in midweek and they'll take confidence from that.

We showed ourselves last season that adversity can often bring a team closer together, and they'll be dying to get points. Man United have been picking up points and they're now right behind them, so they'll be desperate to come away from St. James' with the three points.

But so are we. We've not had the best results in the last three games so we need the points as well, and I think we can make it a tough game for them.

It just goes to show how quickly things can change in football, because a fortnight ago Chelsea were looking like runaway leaders and we were fifth! But I've learnt already this season how quickly things can alter in this game. Even in the short time I've been writing this blog, I've gone through recovering from injury to turning out for the Reserves to returning to the first-team, and then to being touted for England!

It hurt being injured, just being a fan and watching the lads, but I came back into the team and we won the first few games after I came back, which was great. We had great results against Sunderland and Arsenal in particular, and personally I have to admit it was nice to hear the rumours about England. It gives you more confidence to play well.

It's only a good thing. Of course, it's just speculation and I don't know whether they have been watching me, but they have obviously been keeping an eye on Andy Carroll, so maybe they have. It didn't happen for me on this occasion, but I've just put it to the back of my mind now. I'll just concentrate on playing week in, week out and being solid, and hopefully anything else will take care of itself if it's meant to be.

The other week, I fraternised with the enemy as I met up with my mate Anton Ferdinand! I know him through Rio, who I played with at Man United, and we went to the Sunderland Empire to see a performance starring Roxanne Pallett, the former Emmerdale actress, and Nikki Sanderson who played Candice in Coronation Street.

We both know the pair of them. I've known them for years and they're good friends. It was a good show. There were about 500 women and then me and Anton!

I've got some mates up from Manchester this week, so we went to Nandos and to see the new film, Unstoppable, earlier in the week. Hopefully Chelsea will find that it's us who are unstoppable on Sunday!