Newcastle United secured their first win of the Premier League campaign so far with a hard fought victory over in-form Watford at St James’ Park. Substitute Ayoze Perez’s 65th minute header beat Ben Foster and proved enough to earn the Magpies a 1-0 win and lift them off the bottom of the league table.
Perez began the game on the bench after a string of poor performances. Some boos could even be heard coming from the home fans when Rafa Benitez introduced the 25-year-old Spaniard onto the pitch.
In the celebrations after his goal Perez put his finger in his ears, likely in reference to the booing that accompanied his entrance.
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Despite his apparent unpopularity with the Newcastle fans though, the St James’ faithful will be delighted with his match-winning contribution and ecstatic to see their side finally get three points on the board.
After the match, plenty of Newcastle fans took to Twitter to react to Perez’s exploits…
Thank god for Perez. #nufc
— Anthony Candler (@cheeseball1913) 3 November 2018
Outstanding that #NUFC got 3 points, massive win – just need to make sure Perez doesn’t swan round the next 10 games missing chances as per ush
— Ian (@IanM75) 3 November 2018
Delighted with today, not delighted with this. Muto did more in the first half than Perez has done all season (argue with stats but you’ll be proved wrong). It’s a goal and win for club….celebrate it wildly together #nufc pic.twitter.com/zKTmmGtohH
— Pete Brown (@TheTallLankyOne) 3 November 2018
Aaaand relax (for the moment)! A desperately needed win, a goal for much-maligned Perez and out of the bottom three (also for the moment). I’d forgotten what this felt like. #NUFC
— Steven Medd (@BorisBedd) 3 November 2018
Absolutely huge 3 points for #NUFC today but those injuries are a CONCERN. Perez can be infuriating at times but fans are quick to forget the important goals he’s tucked away
— Sam Wilkinson (@Wilko_SJ) 3 November 2018
Im so relieved we have finally got that win! Hopefully gain confidence from that and kick on!! Each player gave 110%!! Happy perez has done something!! #nufc
— Jordon (@greggas90) 3 November 2018