Federico Fernandez has been one of Newcastle’s best defenders this season, and he was rested for the game last night against Manchester City in the FA Cup quarterfinals.
It was always going to be a tall order for Newcastle to get through this game, and we lost 2-0 in what was too easy a game for the Manchester side.
Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling in each half were enough to see Manchester City – the holders – get through to the semi-finals, where they will play what currently is a dodgy Arsenal side.
Federico Fernandez (shown above) admitted he was disappointed with both the performance and the result last night, as he had this to say to nufcTV:
“To be honest I’m disappointed, especially in the first half. We stayed in a good shape and tried to do our own game, but with the ball we didn’t find too many passes and we played too many long balls to Andy Carroll.”
“It was much better in the second half, we put on the pressure higher up the pitch with the extra man in midfield.”
“We had a really clear chance with Dwight Gayle to get back in the game, but after the second goal it was difficult for us.”
“It was details which decided the game, but I repeat for us it was much better in the second half.”
“We can compete and put them under more pressure. I’m disappointed, but we fought and tried to do our best.”
“Today it wasn’t our night.”
“To play here with the fans would have been a different story. We missed the atmosphere here, but it is what it is.”
“We need to carry on and finish the season in a better way, and we’ll see next season if the fans can come back here.”
The game can be summed up with two errors.
Fabian Schar, who replaced Federico in Newcastle’s defense, needlessly shoved Gabriel Jesus for an obvious penalty in the first half.
And then in the second half, Dwight Gayle missed a sitter from six yards out having been set up brilliantly by Allan Saint-Maximin, when the score was still 1-0.
It wasn’t our night last night – let’s hope it will be on Wednesday when we are at Bournemouth.
We need a win in that game and then we will be safe in the Premier League.