Newcastle cruised to another easy win this afternoon against Ipswich Town at St. James ‘ Park in front of a massive crowd of 51,963.
Newcastle were able to score three goals against a defense that previously had conceded only 9 goals in their previous 13 league games.
And things started off really well for Newcastle when Perez scored in the very first minute and then another goal for the Spaniard came after 73 minutes before Matt Richie scored five minutes later to make the score 3-0 and Newcastle’s 9th clean sheet in 16 total games this season.
Newcastle stay at the top of the Championship table with Norwich losing at home to Preston 1-0 so we are 3 points clear at the top of the table and we play a dangerous Preston side in the next two games – at home on Tuesday night in the EFL Cup and at Deepdale on Saturday in the Championship.
Matt Ritchie scores Newcastle’s 3rd goal
It was great to see Ayoze Perez score the first two goals and then Richie scored Newcastle’s third goal with a lovely left-footed drive.
Ayoze scored in the first minute as a left-wing cross from Paul Dummett was nicely flicked on to the Spaniard at the far post by Gouffran – and Perez slotted the ball home.
Newcastle had a scare when former striker Leon Best hit the crossbar with a good shot in the 10th minute that had goalkeeper Darlow beaten.
While Newcastle dominated the rest of the half and should have had a stone-cold penalty just before half time when goalkeeper Bialkowski brought down Dwight Gayle – Ipswich defended very well and it was still 1-0 at the break.
Newcastle pressed for the second goal in the second half but it didn’t until the 73 rd minute.
Matt Ritchie broke down the right wing and crossed the ball beautifully for Ayoze Perez to put it home and that was the Spaniard’s 5th goal of the season and his second brace of the season.
And then just five minutes later the result was put beyond any doubt as Ritchie beat goalkeeper Bialkowski with a terrific left-footed drive.
Another win – another clean sheet – Rafa should be fairly happy with a job well done.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle: Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey (Hayden, 83), Colback; Ritchie, Perez, Gouffran (Atsu, 75); Gayle (Mitrovic, 79).
Subs not used: Sels, Anita, Mbemba, Diame