There were some stunning performances at Leicester on Friday night, with Ayoze Perez taking all the plaudits.
But defensively we were rock solid, barely giving a creative Foxes side any space. The likes of Jamie Vardy hardly got a clear sight of goal all evening.
And that was partially down to the brilliance of Fabian Schar.
The Swiss defender has proven to be a great signing, arriving from Deportivo La Coruna for £3million following relegation from La Liga.
He’s become a fans’ favourite for his attacking talent from the back, but Friday night was a much more complete performance.
Schar was influential in attack and defence
As always, Schar was able to use the ball well in defence. And this led to the only goal of the game. A brilliant pass into space out on the left eventually resulted in Perez getting in front of his man and heading home the winner.
It was the composure and vision from Schar that started the move.
We also saw a traditional dribble up the pitch that almost ended with Miguel Almiron getting his first goal. Unfortunately, the Paraguayan skewed his effort over the bar.
But when it came to just out-and-out defending, Schar probably put in his best Newcastle performance.
He was first to everything. Constantly sniffing out danger, intercepting passes and getting to the ball before the Leicester attackers.
When crosses came in he headed them away, and when the time was right he showed composure to find a pass and get us up the pitch.
There have been some great moments from Schar this season, but the Leicester triumph may have been his best and most complete performance.