Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez was quite happy after a good 3-0 win this afternoon against Ipswich Town.
The manager has praised compatriot Ayoze Perez who had a very good game for the Magpies and scored two goals to take his total to 5 goals for the season.
You cannot ask more from a player than two goals and an assist and that’s what Ayoze achieved today as he also set up the third goal for Matt Ritchie.
Ayoze Perez scores first goal with great volley
Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy said that “All three of the finishes were fabulous” from Newcastle and also added that if there is a better team in the Championship than the Magpies he has yet to see them.
This is what Rafa said when asked about Ayoze’s performance:
“It’s important for him because he’s been doing well and working hard. Then I didn’t play him in the next game against Barnsley and Diame did a great job.”
“Then I played Ayoze and he also did a great job.”
“I think it’s good for him personally but also for the team, it means you can change players and they will have to compete.” “They will get many chances.”
“I would say it was another good win because it’s not easy to win in this competition. I think we played really well in the first half and had a lot of chances.”
“We could have scored more goals but we didn’t do it.” “So we had to work hard in the second half when they were pushing and pressing high.”
“It wasn’t easy to pass the ball the way we wanted to until we scored the second goal.”
“The second goal meant we had more control but it was easier at the end and the result showed that.”
Next up for Newcastle are two games against Preston North End.
The first one is at home on Tuesday night in the 4th round of the EFL Cup and then we are at Deepdale next Saturday in the Championship.
We need to win both those games.
Here’s the current table.