Newcastle defender Danny Simpson hopes two-week respite perfect tonic for stuttering form

25-year-old thinks rest and relaxation over the Cup weekend could be just the thing his side need after a run of disappointing results dropped them to sixth place in the league

Newcastle United defender Danny Simpson hopes the prolonged rest during the FA Cup weekend will help restore the club back to winning ways in the Premier League.

The Magpies started the season with an 11-match unbeaten run, but have suffered from inconsistency since, culminating in a 5-0 defeat at Tottenham last weekend.

The 25-year-old was part of the side that lost 1-0 at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round last month and hopes the break his team-mates get this weekend will prove vital as the season enters its final third.

"Sometimes you just want to play as soon as you can and get a win under your belt to bounce back," Simpson told the club's official website.

"But at the same time, we've got a break and it's been a long, tough season up to now.

"We've done well, and this will give us the chance to refresh ourselves, recharge our batteries and get ready for Wolves."

The full-back also signalled the return of two important first-teamers who could be integral to the side climbing back up the table.

"We will have some big players like Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote back for then and we will look to kick on again," he said.

"There's 13 games to go, so bring it on. We've still got a long way to go. In these final games we are going to push on and try to finish as high as we can."

Sixth-place Newcastle United host relegation-threatened Wolves next Saturday as FA Cup action dominates the fixture list this weekend.