Ayoze Perez scored the most important goal that he has ever scored for Newcastle on Tuesday night when he calmly converted a pass from Christian Atsu who also stayed calm to pick out an unmarked Perez in the penalty box.
The move was started off by a fantastic cross field pass from Matt Ritchie that picked out Atsu on the left wing and the rest is now history.
Perez’ late goal gave Newcastle their most important win of the season and the double over Brighton, who showed they are a very good team on Tuesday night.
Ayoze Perez and Paul Dummett celebrate sensational winner
Perez is staying calm though – much like he did on Tuesday night to score that great goal.
The Spanish forward was asked what Rafa had told him before he came on after 82 minutes.
This is what he told the local press as reported in the Shields Gazette today:
“Nothing special, but just what I had to do.”
“He told me to tell the players to stay calm, that it was 1-1 and we could win it if we stay calm, keep our heads and focus.”
“And we did win it.” “It was a massive win for us, an important goal at the end. “We got the three points which are really, really important because they put us back at the top.”
“The confidence has grown even more,” “We are doing really well away from home, but still we have done nothing.”
“We have to focus on Huddersfield, which is going to be another tough game, and we have to go into it with the same mentality.”
“The way we approached the Brighton game, we did it properly, and we have to do the same with the next two matches.”
“There are 90 minutes to play. You can start losing, but if your mentality is stronger, then you can win it.”
“We were better than Brighton in that way, and that’s why we won – so we need to do it again.”
“It must be one of the most important goals that I’ve scored for Newcastle,” “I’m really happy to be the one, but the most important thing is the three points.”
“We knew that this game would be really tough, they were playing at home, are a great team, but we knew we could win it.”
“The win means a lot for ourselves.” “We went 1-0 down, they were pushing and were better than us early on.”
“But the way we finished the first half, we knew we could still get something out of the game and win it.”
“And we did it.”
That was Perez’ 9th goal of the season and he is third on the list of Newcastle’s goalscorers this season and he again showed he has class and ability.
Next up are Huddersfield tomorrow afternoon and that game is likely to be even more difficult than the game at Brighton – the Terriers have been in great form over the last couple of months.