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 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.

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