Paul Simpson has revealed that Vurnon Anita has ‘had a little bit of grief’ after his miraculous recover, following the midfielder being stretchered off on Sunday.
The Dutch midfielder returned to full training on Wednesday with the rest of the players and got stick for his quick comeback.
Simpson gave the medical staff credit for laying their magic hands on the injury just ‘above his buttocks’.
As for the game itself, the Newcastle first team coach said he didn’t think that it was Cheick Tiote replacing Anita that caused United to fall away in the final stages of the Southampton match, blaming instead the delay as affecting the concentration of the players.
Simpson also believing that mistakes started creeping into the team in the final minutes, gifting the Saints the initiative.
Paul Simpson talking to NUFC TV:
“He has had a little bit of grief about that because it has been a proper miraculous recovery there, stretchered off on Sunday and fit to train on Wednesday.
“It was a real concern at the time because he took a real heavy landing in his fall and he just had a real sharp pain above his buttocks.
“So it was a real concern but I have to give credit to the medical staff for laying their magic hands on him. He’s joined in with training and so hopefully there’ll be no reaction and we’ll have a clean bill of health.
Fair to say he (Anita) was missed after he went off?:
“Well I think that would be a little disrespectful to Cheick Tiote who came into it and I don’t think it was a change of personnel, it was just the break in play and the disruption we had, that affected our game and gave Southampton a lift.
“We thought on the day that Southampton had over-ran us in those last 15 minutes, but looking at all the stats in the game, we kept up our intensity in the game but we were making mistakes and giving the ball away.”