Newcastle United left it late against Crystal Palace on Saturday, but picked up an important three points in the English Premier League to move up to sixth position in the table.
Substitute Mikel Merino was the hero of the day, rising to head home just four minutes from time to send Magpies fans home delighted with another victory on their return to the top-flight.
Rafa Benitez’s had struggled as an attacking force for much of the game, managing just three shots on target across the 90 minutes against a dogged Crystal Palace side.
Fans were of course delighted with the result but were left disappointed with the performances of the players who started the game and one of those on the receiving end of the fiercest criticism was Ayoze Perez.
The attacking midfielder struggled to impose himself on the match and was hauled off in the 66th minute, after which his side started to click into gear.
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his performance, with some even hoping he doesn’t start for the club again…
— Lee (@BlythMag1) October 21, 2017
Perez is a fraud #NUFC
— Dan Havard (@D_VARD8) October 21, 2017
Awful performance but 3 points. Hopefully last game Perez starts ?#NUFC
— Gazza (@Gazonca) October 21, 2017
I can say having not seen team sheet before hand I didn't know Perez was playing until around the 65th min, when he was took off #nufc
— Pat0UK (@PATOuk) October 21, 2017
He gets a lot of stick, but I have to say Diame played well when he came on, offered a lot more than Perez. Great 3 points, top 6 ?? #NUFC
— Graeme Bell (@GraemeBell_NUFC) October 21, 2017
Gotta admit, Diame for Perez seemed the game changer, started attacking more immediately he came on #nufc
— Zaharaddeen Wanka (@Zee530) October 21, 2017
Notice we won the game after donkey duo Perez and joselu were not on the pitch !?
Good riddance #nufc
— gee singh (@geesingh1) October 21, 2017
— nEwCaStLe fOr LiFe (@77_SH_ER) October 21, 2017