Newcastle United produced a fantastic performance at St James’ Park on Saturday to overcome the Premier League’s bottom side Huddersfield Town by a 2-0 scoreline. The Magpies secured the three points via goals from Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez, whilst January signing Miguel Almiron and academy product Sean Longstaff both also impressed.
Perez’s strike took his tally of league goals for the season to four, marking his second in his last five matches. The 25-year-old attacker has endured an inconsistent campaign so far, but looks as though he could be coming into his best form at a crucial time in the season.
If the Spaniard can impress for the rest of this season then that will be a massive boost for Rafa Benitez’s side, who have struggled to pose a goal threat beyond Rondon at times this year. Against the Terriers it also looked as though a productive partnership between Perez and Almiron could develop too.
After the match, plenty of Newcastle fans took to Twitter to praise Perez for his much-improved performance…
I know Huddersfield were down to 10, but some of our passing today was first class, even before the red it was too quality. Deserved the win. Longstaff terrific again. Almiron decent. Perez showing how important he is to this team. Good day #NUFC #NEWHUD
— Aaron (@AaronBates91) 23 February 2019
Special mention to Ayoze Pérez, came in for a lot of unfair criticism this season but over the last few weeks he’s been excellent. Took his his very well and was brilliant all game
— Dobby Solano (@DobbySolanoNUFC) 23 February 2019
Almiron was really good but Perez and, in particular, Longstaff were excellent. #nufc
— fil (@PhilJoRoro) 23 February 2019
Great debut for Almiron, Perez was brilliant and my god Sean Longstaff looks special. I properly, properly enjoyed that game. Football is canny every now and then, isn’t it? #NUFC
— Martin Lamb (@theblack_sheep) 23 February 2019
Almiron superb…. but can’t say how well Perez played , finally played strong and what a difference it made
— The Gallowgate end (@Nufc_Forever) 23 February 2019
— Rory Bull (@RoryPBull) 23 February 2019
I think Rafa has finally found the formation that brings the best out of Perez, he was hopeless at number 10 but looks much more effective in a front 3, I reckon Miggy will create a load of chances for him and Rondon! #NUFC
— JJ Fletcher (@JJFletcher7) 23 February 2019
Nice to see Ayoze being given nice comments. He has taken a lot of criticism lately, I am season ticket holder and I agree with some of it. He’s raised his game over the last month though. The on PAR strike force will be a force to be reckoned with. Perez, Almiron, Rondon #NUFC
— Steven Jenkinson (@Jenksyberry) 23 February 2019