Simpson aims to erase pain
Danny Simpson wants Blackburn to beat Everton in the Carling Cup to erase a painful memory.
Last Updated: 23/09/08 6:03pm
Danny Simpson wants Blackburn to beat Everton in the third round of the Carling Cup on Wednesday to erase a painful memory.
For the right-back - who is on a season-long loan from Manchester United - made a losing debut for the Red Devils at this stage of the competition last year.
He was part of the United team which lost 2-0 at home to Coventry, leading to the players experiencing the famous 'hairdryer' treatment from boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
"Everyone gets it at some point in their United career," reflected Simpson. "I admit it wasn't a good day for me and United.
"With my family and friends watching, it was my debut and I was devastated. The manager wasn't happy.
"It wasn't a nice feeling coming off the pitch. You then went home and for the rest of the night you were thinking about why you lost.
"But you learn from those kind of games and the mistakes you make. It makes you a better player.
"Hopefully tomorrow we can now get past the third round because I want to make up for what happened that night."
Having played under Ferguson and United player-turned-Blackburn boss Paul Ince, he can see the similarities between the pair.
He said: "He has taken certain things from Sir Alex. You can see the comparisons. But then after playing under him for so many years, he is going to take something from him.
"You look at the other managers who have played under him, and I believe they have all taken something from him too.
"Paul has certainly helped me a lot since he has been here, and he is proving to be a really good manager.
"For the first few weeks he told me just to settle in, and then he gave me my chance, and I am grateful for that.
"From what I've seen we have a good group of players here, there is a really good bond. It's thanks to that, the manager and all the staff I've settled in well."
Ince won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with his old club MK Dons last season and would love to follow this up with victory in the Carling Cup this term.
The Rovers boss said: "I'm very keen to progress. It is a massive tournament, a chance to get to Wembley and an avenue to get into Europe.
"There is a long way to go obviously, and we could have done with an easier tie than Everton, but it is what it is."
But Ince has injury problems for the game with Steven Reid (knee), David Dunn (Achilles), Vince Grella (calf), Benni McCarthy (groin), Aaron Mokoena (illness) all out, while Keith Andrews is cup-tied.