Simpson scored a 40-yard strike in the 4-3 victory over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night, but has stated that the goal was a fluke.
“I’d like to say I meant to score, but I just overlapped and thought I’ll whip it in to the box. When I looked up, it had gone in the top corner. I’ll take that all day and obviously need to have a few more swings,” he told Mirror Football.
Simpson was the topic of transfer speculation in the summer, but after staying at St James’ Park has claimed that he is committed to Alan Pardew’s team, and is eyeing cup success.
“I’m 100 per cent committed to Newcastle. I love this club and just want to keep that starting shirt if I can.
“The squad is better than it was last year, and I think we’ve got more belief. We have more attacking options and when we concede goals we are capable of hitting back.
“We think we can go far in the Carling Cup – look at Birmingham last season. There’s excitement about this competition – it’s not just about the top four, who have a lot of Champions League commitments.
“The boss told us he wants to do well in this competition and we’d love to play at Wembley,” he concluded.
Newcastle have had a solid start to their season, and host Blackburn in the league on Saturday.
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