Danny Simpson

Tuesday night's draw against Manchester United was a massive result and meant a lot to everyone, especially myself because obviously they are my old team.

When a team like Man Utd come to town you know it is going to be one of those special nights at St. James' Park, and the crowd were absolutely fantastic. They were completely behind us from the first minute to the last and made so much noise, and as a player that can motivate you massively.

On another day we could have nicked it 1-0, but they had a few chances as well. However, the way we performed and the effort we put in, we matched a top team on a great night.

We had a game plan to go at them, we stuck to it, and from minute one we took the game to them. We had nothing to lose because everyone expected Man Utd to come here and win, and they are probably going to be the champions.

It would have been easy to sit back and give them that respect because they are Man Utd, but we knew with the sort of week they had it had been a tough one for them. So we wanted to add to that and make sure they didn't get an easy ride. Everything worked down to a tee.

As a defender a clean sheet was great, especially against Manchester United with the players that they've got. The likes of Rooney and Nani can just come in and stick one in the top corner in a split-second. If you switch off at any minute you can get hurt, but from the kick-off the whole team defended well - not just the back four and Tim - and that set the precedent for the whole game.

I have to admit that my heart was in my mouth in stoppage time when Javier Hernandez went down under my challenge in the box and the referee blew his whistle. I melted, and I thought he had given a penalty.

It was a dive. He had gone over me too easily, so when I saw the ref go to pick up his card and book him I was so relieved - probably the most relieved guy in the stadium!

So we ended up with a goalless draw and it was a huge relief when the final whistle went. We worked so hard and that performance proved to some people exactly what team spirit we have and the attitude of all the lads. But we knew that anyway as it has been like that all the way through this season.

We've now got 40 points, but we still don't want to say we're safe until we are. If we keep picking up points like we have been then there would have to be some seriously poor performances for us to go down. But the way the team is and our attitude, we will keep on going until the final day to ensure we finish as high up the Premier League as we can.

That continues this Saturday at Blackpool and we have to go there and perform. If we don't get anything out of it then the Man Utd game means absolutely nothing.

We have to prepare right ahead of the weekend because it is going to be a tough game. Having played there last season in the Championship we know what it's like. Their crowd get right behind them and they will be fighting for points as they are down at the bottom.

I'm sure most of the fans will be staying down in Blackpool so it would be great to give them a good Bank Holiday weekend at the seaside! And if we can pick up three more points then everybody - the players included - would have a very nice weekend!