Newcastle United finally picked up a victory in the Premier League at the 11th time of asking on Saturday, edging past Watford at St. James’ Park.
Ayoze Perez scored the only goal of the game to seal three points that saw the Magpies rise out of the relegation zone, providing a platform to build upon in a crucial run of fixtures over the course of the coming weeks.
Rafael Benitez’s side have struggled to keep their head above water so far this season, although their woes have come in an admittedly tough start to the campaign, and there have been some positive signs for fans to take.
Many took to social media after Saturday’s victory to heap praise on summer signing Federico Fernandez, who contributed a fine defensive performance against Watford to continue what has been a decent start to life at Newcastle.
We have gathered some of the best reactions to his display below.
Actually can’t believe how good Fede Fernandez has been I reckon he’s been our best and most consistent player ???????? #nufc
— JamieNUFC ???????????????????????????????????? (@J_G_1988) November 4, 2018
— Italy Magpies (@ITMagpies) November 4, 2018
Rondon, Muto, Ki, Schar & Fernandez. Once Rondon starts scoring, i’m looking forward to seeing what these guys can do. Yesterday was very encouraging. Watford are a decent side. #nufc
— NUFC Away (@NUFC_1987) November 4, 2018
Schar and Fernandez where imense in 2nd half today. Aggressive in the tackle, attacked everything in the air.
Ki was the game changer imo. We looked like a different team with him on the pitch.
Injuries actually done us a favour!!
Big selection dilemmas for Rafa #NUFC
— Simon Nicols (@sinicols) November 3, 2018
We have a few leaders emerging in that squad. That’s what will keep us up. Fernandez could quite comfortably replace Lascelles as club captain, he’s a warrior & a classy player.
All we’re lacking is supplies for Rondon. We needed Andros Townsend & Rafa knew it #nufc
— NUFC Away (@NUFC_1987) November 3, 2018
— Gazza (@Gazonca) November 3, 2018
Followed Federico Fernandez’s career when he played for Napoli under Rafa a few of our fans thought he’s average but this lad is fantastic read the game tackles well & my god he’s fitted in well #NUFC
— john_NUFC42 (@john_nufc42) November 3, 2018
Just back from Newcastle. Watford were the better side today, but every single player in black and white battled for them 3 points. Rondon, Kenedy, Ritchie, Diame all looked exhausted at the final whistle, Ki and Fernandez were superb, hopefully thats a turning point ???? #nufc
— Tom Maltby ???? (@TM13816) November 3, 2018