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Defender Gets In BBC Pundit’s Team Of The Week – Did He Actually Score On Saturday?


Newcastle’s Federico Fernandez is receiving some high praise for his performance on Saturday. The 30-year-old Argentine started his third straight game for the injured Fabian Schar.

Fernandez was outstanding and seemed to go into another gear when Jamaal Lascelles went off injured after 20 minutes. It was the best we’ve ever seen Fernadez play.

With his performance, Fede has earned some accolades. BBC’s football analyst Garth Crooks has selected Fernandez for his team of the week. He joins Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira and Sheffield United’s Chris Basham as the pundit’s top defenders of the weekend.

Crooks points out that the center-back led Newcastle with 62 touches, and his 35 passes were joint top. Crooks says the despite Fernandez not being one of the defenders who scored on Saturday, his gritty performance was a dominant factor in Newcastle securing all three points.

However, Federico Fernandez may have a legitimate claim for the game-winning goal. He tweeted a video of the goal from a new angle. It appears to show that Ciaran Clark may not have gotten a touch on the ball.

Well, it’s a very close call whether Clark did get his foot on the ball. Whether he did or didn’t, he played a crucial role as his presence allowed the ball to get past Bournemouth’s Aaron Ramsdale.

Either way, both Fernandez and Clark have been exceptional since they returned to the fold. Both are consummate professionals who have stepped up when Newcastle needed them the most.


88 comments so far

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Bleatin/tsunki – I think its time to take a step back for a while as you have been well and truly done this morning on this blog :).

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  • toon22

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Hiya Tony

    Nobody believes the PR guff spouted on here

    It’s never Jabbas fault

    4
  • RobLeenio

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Repost as the bus moved apparently 15 minutes ago…

    Y’see, Bills, I’m having a perfectly reasonable debate with Tsunki and then you wade in with the insults. Why? What’s the point? I may not always agree with Tsunki, but I do respect him.

    Tsunki “As has been mentioned we finished last season as one of the top in form sides. Based on your stats we are a top form side based on three games.”

    If you’d rather we took the end of last season in isolation as we were towards the top of the form table, over the last 6 games we won 3, lost 2 and drew one. Solid form, for sure, for which Rafa was rightly praised as we drew away from the relegation zone.

    Over the last six games under Bruce, we’ve won 3, lost 2 and drawn 1. We’re in 6th place in the form table and have moved away from the relegation zone.

    I’m just saying, maybe Bruce is due some praise also.

    5
  • toon22

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Jabba hasn’t taken money from the club
    The accounts are mint
    The club couldn’t have used that land at Strawberry Place
    The traitor is a better manager than Rafa

    On and on with the PR rubbish

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #5

    “…not sure Rafa is showing his world-class management there yet though, been a while since he has anywhere.”

    Given the players he had to work with, he did very well in his last two seasons with us.

    4
  • beefman13

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Nothing against our players who are trying, but the fans deserve so very much more from our club, this latest carry on selling the land to be built on by a couple of p oxy office blocks is a total travesty, I can’t bring myself even to comment on our games, the clubs hiarchy have spoilt everything about my club.
    Add the view of SJP will now be null n void, you f in horrible man, GET OUT.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #7

    No I’ve not been “done” just rounded on by the usual suspects all chirping in with insults and the usual idiotic cameraderie. I know you’re desperate to support Bruce and everything to go back to “normal” but rewriting history and the form books to make Bruce’s “stellar” performance after a handful of games is truly desperate. Tell you what, rather than us all claiming bragging rights, let’s see how the season goes to half way and mid point then we can revisit this little scenario.

    I hope we continue to win. I’d be ecstatic to see us actually do something meaningful. And Hail, you sink to new lows by pulling the old “plastic fan” thing I suppose next I will be a mackem eh? What a chump.

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  • toon22

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Posters slated Rafa for years but love the traitor
    Funny how the PR hates Rafa but love the traitor

    Like we are all stupid enough to swallow the rubbish served up

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Rafa started with garden shears and built a lawnmower. Are we praising Bruce because he’s inherited the lawnmower? 🙂

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Toon22 is right the pr swell is tangible and sadly gaining.

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  • toon22

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #11

    How many of JIBs/ Tony’s alts do you think are pro Jabba to ?

    😉

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  • Jib

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Strange how toon22 pops up out of the blue
    just as Tsunki’s feeling a bit pressured.

    5
  • RobLeenio

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Actually, the form tables are fairly interesting. If you look at the last ten matches, we’re up to fifth in the form table, behind Liverpool, Chelsea, Leicester and Man City P10, W 4. L3, D3 = 15 points.

    (For the sake of transparency, our last 10 matches last season were P10, W4, L4, D2 = 14 points).

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  • toon22

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #14

    JIB

    Unlike yourself I’ve got a job away from this blog

    😉

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  • toon22

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #15

    As for your pressure you mean you and your alts ganging up in posters with yer pro Jabba rubbish ?

    It’s never Jabbas fault

    4
  • toon22

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Until Jabbas gone we won’t ever compete
    We won’t ever built a team

    He’s not interested in anything other than how much money he can take from the club

    3
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #17

    No, I’m quite sure you’re not a Mackem, you’re not particularly an NUFC fan either though, just a sad, strange little man who has my pity. Go get your glory fix supporting Man City. You’ll be much happier and we could cope without ya’. Promise.

    Saving that tell me how many points Rafa is good for compared to Bruce with a given squad, over the course of a PL season. We can then add it to the total we get at the end of this season and judge if Rafa was correct and truthful to say he left on the basis of a lack of willingness to progress, or if it were just an excuse to chase the ££££.

    4
  • RobLeenio

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Why does every debate have to end up with name calling, alt accusations and implications of being PR?

    Can nobody just have a chuffing conversation anymore?

    Jeez!

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  • geordietom

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Tsunki …

    you come on here with your airs and graces . and your pic of sunderland colours on a Newcastle united blog …

    not easy pleased just glad wor team is doing ok at the moment …

    to THE WIFE, NEIL AND DR ED can you kindly ask Bleatin’ n Bruced aka Tsunki to remove his gravatar please …

    4
  • geordietom

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #20

    i for one at the start of the season was one of Steve Bruce’s biggest detractors but he’s done better than i thought he would . he’s our manager/coach i’am not saying everyone should get behind him as it’s never gonna happen . at least give him a chance. if he’s balls it up then you can start having a go . as much as we all loved Rafa he’s never coming back . playing decent football healthy position in the table (for now) …

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  • Mag52

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Bleatin.

    After a few splutters he seems to have worked out how to operate the lawnmower to the point that it’s actually now cutting grass.
    Next step is a ride-on mower.

    1
  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #22

    At the end of the day, Rafa sucks.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Rafa did well to get the Geordie nation together and everything else, but when it came to getting results and his style of play, well that’s another matter.

    1
  • toon22

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Jabba is obviously giving away tickets to boost the match day crowd
    Look where that got the Mackems, it’s the start of the end for a football club
    Jabba and his PR goons don’t care though, neither couldn’t care less

    3
  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Some moaned we beat spurs and Man Utd because according to them they used weak lineups, what a load of crap, if Rafa was still in charge then i doubt they would have moaned.

    3
  • Munster Mag

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #26

    Tsunki the comment you made about not accepting SB until he won you someting or got into europe clearly exposed you fir what you are. It was a ridiculous comment but clarified your stance well and educated us all about you. You will have noted the large number of stars that Billson and others have got for their fairer position on the issue. Besides getting Rafa back from his 6m non entity club mid table existence in China, can you clarify exactly what you want on the management side?

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  • toon22

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Rob

    As it usually involves posters trying to say

    Jabba hasn’t taken money from the club
    Be positive about Jabba asset stripping
    The traitor is a better manager than Rafa

    The usual PR rubbish

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Ha ha here comes the Frog to rescue Bleatin! Comical . ” The PR “….ooh i am so insulted !

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #29

    Shut up Frog or say somthing different you toool

    4
  • B&W blood

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Geordie Tom

    I agree he deserves a chance, there is no exact science to management and any coach can click with a team at any point, Ranieri was not wanted at Leicester and Dalglish a proven winner took us backwards.

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Well said Geordie Tom…well worth repeating:

    Tsunki …

    you come on here with your airs and graces . and your pic of sunderland colours on a Newcastle united blog …

    not easy pleased just glad wor team is doing ok at the moment …

    to THE WIFE, NEIL AND DR ED can you kindly ask Bleatin’ n Bruced aka Tsunki to remove his gravatar please …

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  • toon22

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Munster

    When’s the traitor taking over at RM ?
    Where’s his CL winners medal ?

    He’s never won a thing in his managerial life

    4
  • toon22

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #33

    Munster

    Where’s your gravatar ?

    😉

    4
  • Munster Mag

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #34

    Tom absolutely 100%. Tsunki has gone from being a populist rafa taliban priest to being a cranky hater of anything that isnt rafa. And the blog has him and Jail sussed.

    4
  • toon22

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #35

    Hiya Munster

    Who’s alt are you ?

    3
  • toon22

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #36

    PR bollix 24/7

    Hiya Munster , where’s ya gravatar ?

    2
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #37

    B&WBlood

    Excellent comment. A simple but important point.

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Tsunki “Rafa started with garden shears and built a lawnmower. Are we praising Bruce because he’s inherited the lawnmower?”

    Nope, but when the owner forced the old gardener into retirement, he ditched the instructions for how to use the mower. The new gardener has written a new set of instructions and has got the machine purring quite nicely.

    Of course, the blades could come spinning off and cause a horrendous injury at any point, but I reckon if the mower makes it through till Spring in good working order, the lawn could be looking quite tidy overall by Summer.

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  • geordietom

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #39

    B&W BLOOD …

    your wright mate it has to click not only on the pitch but in the dressing room as well . our players seem a happy bunch long may it last …

    3
  • toon22

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Rob

    Our team is pouring quite nicely?
    You actually watch the toon play ?

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