Ayoze Perez was our Man of the Match on Saturday and his two goals and one from Matt Ritchie gave us a rather easy 3-0 win over Ipswich Town and kept us on top of the league and 3 points clear of second placed Brighton & Hove Albion.
Perez also had a good game the Saturday before when he started the game at home to Brentford when we won 3-1 and that game was at the end of the long two week International break.
Hopefully we are seeing Ayoze beginning to be more consistent in his displays.
Ayoze Perez – after scoring on Saturday
Perez has been interviewed in the Chronicle and he talked about Rafa’s rotation policy and that it keeps the players sharp:
“You have to be strong mentally.” “You know you will get your chance and the manager always wants you to improve.”
“You must be ready when it’s your chance.” “When the gaffer wants you it’s time to step up.”
“I’m really happy about the way that we won.” “The most important thing is the three points because the top of the league is really tough and tight.”
“We did really well and it was a great performance from the team.” “I’m also happy that I scored twice.”
“You have to think about the next game then work for it.” “And that’s it until the end of the season.”
“We have to try to find the same performances and be ready to take your chance.” “Once you get back on the pitch you must perform.”
“This is what we are doing.” “It was my quickest ever goal.” “It meant that we could take confidence from it and it was important.”
“What else is also important is that we could control what was a tough game.”
“But we went on to win it.” “We want to keep moving forward in the cup.”
“We must think about the next game because it will be tough, both games will – but we are ready for them.”
Now we play Preston tomorrow night at home in the EFL Cup 4th round and a win in that game will take us into the quarter finals of that competition.
And then we travel to Deepdale on Saturday to play the Lillywhites in the Championship.
With Preston unbeaten in their last 7 games and having beaten Norwich and Huddersfield in the their last two games these will be two tough tests for the Magpies.
What do you think?