Newcastle fans often come down hard on Ayoze Perez. The Spaniard has been guilty in the past of spurning huge chances when the pressure’s on, so for the Magpies to see him perform yesterday was refreshing. The Spanish forward shone alongside new boy Miguel Almiron and he even grabbed a goal for his troubles in a 2-0 win over Huddersfield.
Big win today! So happy with the points and the goal #HowaytheLads
Gran victoria hoy! Muy contento con los puntos y el gol! Vamos Newcastle pic.twitter.com/eEWo6bCPDy
— Ayoze Perez (@AyozePG) 23 February 2019
The win at St James Park compounded more misery on the visitors and it now looks like the Terriers have absolutely no chance of survival, although to be fair it did look like that a couple of months ago. The Geordies were helped towards their win when Tommy Smith was sent off for the visitors after 20 minutes, and then goals from Salomon Rondon and Perez either side of half-time gave the hosts the win.
That Perez goal in the second half may not have proved to be crucial in the end but it provided the Geordies with a cushion that meant the fans could relax. It was the former CD Tenerife star’s fourth Premier League strike of the season and after last season’s tally of eight strikes, he’ll be desperate to add to his goal against the Terriers with a couple more in the coming games against Burnley and West Ham.
You can read the Geordies’ verdict on Perez here:
Top performance from you! It was exciting to watch you, Rondon and Almiron all on the same field. More than happy to keep playing you trio!
— ʂαɾα-ʝαყɳҽ (@SJ_NUFC) 23 February 2019
Great effort from you today Ayoze, my MOTM. Get innn the toon
— STEVE SENIOR (@STEVEJADE) February 23, 2019
Had a great game! I was just about say how well you played!
— gavin thompson (@gavinthompson1) February 24, 2019
well played @AyozePG shutting the doubters up again .
— Mal Huddart (@M4lah75) February 23, 2019
Thought you played fantastic Ayoze keep going lad
— Rob Kindness (@rob_kindness) 24 February 2019
You are going from strength to strength lad, keep it up
— Danny Doom (@DannyBroooon) 23 February 2019
You, sir, were excellent. I am thoroughly enjoying watching you play with confidence! #HowayTheLads
— Patrick Sotallaro (@Lumberweasel) February 23, 2019
Loved the linkup between you and almiron today … amazing scenes well done ayoze
— stewart stephenson (@stupotstevo) February 24, 2019
The Geordies couldn’t get enough of their Spanish maestro yesterday and will hope to see more from Perez whilst he’s in this kind of form.