Maybe it’s part of his star quality but Ayoze Perez seems to score some really important goals for Newcastle.
He scored the winner last year at Tottenham to get us all 3 points in the 2-1 win and at Bournemouth he had a half chance to score and he did to get Newcastle an undeserved but precious three points.
So it’s not surprising this lad is again in the headlines after his efforts in the last 25 minutes of the game yesterday at White Hart Lane, which ended in him getting the winner three minutes into stoppage time.
And Thierry Henry has heaped praise on both him and Newcastle for the way our lads turned things around in the second half to take home all 3 points and take us out of the relegation zone.
Thierry Henry – praise indeed from the Sky Sports pundit
One of the all time greats in the Premier League – Thierry Henry – had this to say on Sky Sports:
“The technique there – don’t take anything away from Ayoze Perez. To be able to go past Vertonghen and then have that quick control and keep the ball low when you’re falling is not easy.”
“McClaren has talked about commitment and desire, it is something we have rarely seen from Newcastle away from home. They’re usually lethargic and when they go behind they crumble.”
“But this was a great response from the team. They played two different types of football: long and direct in the first half but actually they hurt Tottenham a bit more when they put it down and tried to play football.“
“It will be hard for Aston Villa next weekend,”
“Rob Elliot was excellent but Tottenham lost their way and their structure when Newcastle came back into the game. They were trying to hurt Newcastle inside the field, not on the wide areas.”
“They encountered a lot of success in the first half but they wanted, too early, to go inside and that suited Newcastle.”
“Hugo Lloris has to do way better. The goalkeepers tend to go down very early these days, he could have probably saved that with his feet.”
Henry scored 226 goals in 369 total appearances for Arsenal in eight seasons from 1999 including 175 Premier League goals in 258 league appearances.
Overall in his career the Frenchman scored 360 goals in 792 games and played. 123 times for France with 51 goals.
What a fantastic achievement in football!
Alan Shearer had a similar overall record of 379 goals in 734 total appearances.
It will not be easy for Newcastle next Saturday against Aston Villa – they are getting better under Remi Garde and it’s a game Newcastle will be expected to win.
Those are the games we tend to lose.
But a win and another all-out 100% performance is what we want to see, especially since it’ s the last game before Christmas in front of what could be a sell-out crowd for the relegation 6 pointer.
Howay The Lads!!