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Defender Echoes Familiar Sentiments About Second-Half

Like Ciaran Clark before him, Federico Fernandez was the latest defender to come in from the cold and put in a performance for Newcastle.

Fernandez made his first Premier League start of the campaign for the injured Fabian Schar yesterday. Like his missing teammate often does, Fernandez was able to contribute in the attack for Newcastle.

It was a dangerous cross from Fernandez that Jamaal Lascelles got on the end of to give Newcastle a 1-0 halftime lead.

However, there was a change in the second half as Wolves were allowed to take the reins and control matters.

The 30-year-old talked to nufc.co.uk after yesterday’s match about the disappointing second half:

“I think in the first half we played really well – we controlled the game, moved the ball really well, created a few chances and scored a goal. We managed the first half well.

“The second half was totally different. We were in the same shape, but we didn’t pass the ball enough to create chances. They started pushing, we were good in our defensive shape to control them.

“But it was one action, they scored and after the red card, in the last 15 minutes, we got a point.

“We had to deal with it, but I think it was a perfect situation, 1-0 up at home, to show a little bit more. We needed to take care of the ball, find three or four passes in a row and try to be more aggressive and create chances.

“It’s disappointing that we weren’t good enough in the second half to make better chances.”

Like Jamaal Lascelles also said yesterday, the second half was just not good enough. Newcastle needed to come out and try to take the game to Wolves but the opposite happened.

However, we were happy to see Federico get a full 90 minutes for the first time since the Carabao Cup in late August.

Fernandez is out of contract at the end of this season but has never let Newcastle down since he joined in 2018. He’s likely to be allowed to leave this summer but a two to three year extension surely would be prudent business by the club.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player Against Wolves?

  • Allan Saint-Maximin (35%, 345 )
  • Federico Fernandez (17%, 165 )
  • Miguel Almiron (16%, 155 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (15%, 149 )
  • Ciaran Clark (5%, 47 )
  • Jetro Willems (4%, 43 )
  • Matty Longstaff (2%, 22 )
  • Sean Longstaff (2%, 17 )
  • Dwight Gayle (1%, 13 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (1%, 12 )
  • Martin Dubravka (1%, 12 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (1%, 9 )
  • Joelinton (1%, 6 )
  • Christian Atsu (0%, 1 )

Total Voters: 996

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24 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Bruce was not wrong about trying to play with two men up front, he has just been incapable of implementing it. Which shows that he is lacking in coaching ability. He certainly is not PL standard and is not able to clearly instruct individuals either.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    It just shows the lack of attacking prowess we have when ASM is leading the vote.

  • Jib

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Someone just called my mobile phone, sneezed and hung up…….. I hate cold calls

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Drum roll please … don’t give up the day job jib )

  • hibbit

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #5

    from the Chronicle and the Athletic

    “Another flat atmosphere – and the rest of the country is picking up on it
    Make no mistake, something is missing from St James’ Park this season. The 46,019 crowd might not – on the face of it – seem like evidence of the locals deserting the cause but the mood has shifted inside the stadium and those quietly, determinedly boycotting the club are missed”.

    It was dreadfully quiet for long periods barring the noise from the huge away contingent and it is heartbreaking to see the impact of the deep disenchantment with an owner who has only himself to blame for the falling numbers and transformed atmosphere.

    The rest of the country is noting it too. The Athletic’s Tim Spiers, who has also covered Wolves for the Express & Star, summed it up best with this Tweet.

    Tim Spiers
    @TimSpiers @ The Athletic
    So disheartening to hear the lack of atmosphere today – St James’ Park was as quiet as Bratislava should have been in midweek. The life has been sucked out of that club by one man. Tragic for fans who deserve so much better.

    7:21 PM – Oct 27, 2019

  • danmuamua

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Why do people continue to defend Joelinton but never defended Joselu, Riviere or Xisco. The bloke has shown nothing in his opening 10 games. Poor strength, poor hold up play, poor touch, poor positioning, poor work ethic, poor link up play. The bloke is useless. Couldn’t even score in Austrian league.

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Yes, Linton wins a fair few headers but they’re flicked on to nobody, he needs to hold the ball up rather than flick it on to nobody… I really can’t understand why we bought him to be honest – he’s not a number 9 so hard to judge him, much like when we had Thomasson and played him up top with poor results, moved on to Feyenoord and Milan and won everything playing as a withdrawn striker – the trouble is that there seems to be no idea on how to play him – really need to look at Charnley, Nickson and Bruce (who apparently agreed to transfer) , definitely one of the worst buys of the seasons although mostly because we have no idea how he fits into the team – just shoving him up top on his own and saying go score a goal clearly isn’t good for him or the toon

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Remember when opposing managers used to say we need to keep the crowd quiet when they came to SJP … I know, it seems a long time ago

  • Just a fan

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #9

    The three central defenders played well and none deserve to be dropped next game.
    Pet hate of mine subs on at 89 minutes.madness.imagine your a player coming on at that time.
    Half time two minutes added on.they had a player injured for five minutes.strange.

  • Just a fan

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #10

    If fans want to boycott the club that is fair enough.
    But they are certainly not missed by me.

  • cyprus

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m not entirely convinced with Dubravka either. We’re readying him to be our long term keeper but maybe Woodman could be that. And, Darlow’s mistakes were no worse than his.

    Anyway, the way we’ve been set up in recent seasons, we need just about the best there is in that position.

    Up front, Joelington. For 40 million, of course, had hoped whomever scouted him would be sure 110%. Anyway, Rondon had a slow start too so…

    We do need to change the way we play though. Everyone needs to contribute in attacking moves, these days. One or two players, no matter how good, are easily eliminated by today’s defenders. Even players like Salah look ordinary, when isolated!

    Coaches have a lot of work ahead of them. I’ll accept them trying new formulas, even if they fail.

  • DaveD1000

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Mindshaft @7

    Pretty much spot on with that. I don’t think he is a bad player he just is not a No9.

    Jib the same guy who had a word with miggy about his diving needs to have the same words with the MaxiMan

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #13

    I gave Almiron my MotM for his defensive display of getting back and breaking up their attacks – covering for Yedlin who was struggling at times – also got forward but his decision making sometimes a bit off.
    Some one mentioned defensive midfield – I can see that after yesterday – played the Ritchie role yesterday
    JoeLinton – felt sorry for him and defended him at the match yesterday – no one got within 30 yards of him in acres of space time and time again knock downs went straight to their players as no one had the arse to bust a gut to get near him.

  • martoon

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Just a fan @9 – I agree with all that especially the added time in the first half – how could it possibly be only 2 minutes? If that had been in the second half it would have been longer as it’s normally 3 without any injuries.

  • martoon

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s probably been mentioned but it’s pretty ironic that our move for the goal featured 2 of our centre backs – Fernandez crossed for Lascelles header!

  • cyprus

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #16

    Lindis @1,
    So it’s definitely the coaching, not the players’ inability or fault?

    Could be mind. Me, I’m not sure. Probably, shared blame. Is it that we have great players and a sxxxe coach, or …? How many of our players would get in a top team?

    I think some of them are alright. Our defense is very good, our MF average, attack the same.

    Like I said elsewhere, I’m willing to give both sets (players and coaches) more time.

  • martoon

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #17

    Charlie @13 – Spot on with that assessment. What was the crowd like around you? Near me a lot were very unhappy with Bruce (and that’s putting it nicely!).

  • cyprus

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #18

    Good point martoon.

    Our CBs, in attacks.


  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #19

    Its sad to see other teams pass the ball around us so easily yet we can barely string 2/3 passes together. No one runs between the lines to make angles, or overlaps the guy with the ball and 3rd man running is non existent. Just seems to be Shaer or whoever hitting long hopeful diagonals and our midfield is just left chasing shadows with huge gaps from back to front. There just seems to be no method.

  • The Wife

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #20

    Gotta defend the goalkeeper here…

    With this team scoring one goal or less every game, they are basically requiring Dubravka to be perfect. There are other men on the pitch whose job it is to shut the ball down before it gets to him. He’s the LAST line of defense.

    My two pence. Carry on. 🙂

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #21


    giving them more time could be fatal, i really feel sb could be the first person to relegate both us and s’land.
    Villa were transformed when he left. no way they were getting promoted till he’d gone. sb rivals pardew for being an excuse guru.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #22

    The crowd around me were dead – singing corner tried to get things going but died a death.
    Noise crowd never been the same since about 6or 7 years ago when they shifted the singers in the Leazes end to the Gallowgate- use to bounce songs off each other/join in each other’s songs
    Which made for a great all-round atmosphere
    As for Bruce only real disgruntlements were aimed at his substitutions – lack of
    More were aimed at JoeLinton – but what the F**k was he suppose to do when no one was within 30 yards of him most of the game

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #23

    Rotunda, certainly in the first half, we are not a long ball team. We are not a crisp fast attacking team either. We play it on the deck and pass it reasonably well but its all a bit slow. For much of first half of last season we were poor to watch. Sideways passing followed by a long ball but only a small bunch of guys on here criticised. And you could argue that rafa had better players. Its all a mess. We talked about a coach like the norwich guy but its nothing without ongoing investment and serious scouting and vision. I can live with the DOF and coach model if the right men are in place and working to the same philosophy. But we have Chumley.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Rotunda I dont wish to defend SB as I dont rate him but he got wigan to 11th and did well at Hull and weds I think and did well initialy at villa ? ( I cud be wrong on that though )


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