Ayoze Perez had a very good end to the season and seemed to hit his best form in the final few games, when we managed to win the last three games and scored 9 goals and conceded only one.
On the other hand Brighton & Hove Albion, once they secured promotion in their fourth last game when they beat Wigan 2-1 at home then lost their next two games when they were beaten 2-0 at Norwich and then a big surprise when they lost 1-0 at home to Bristol City.
And then the Seagulls could only draw at Villa Park on Sunday when Jack Grealish scored in the 89th minute to make it 1-1.
Ayoze Perez after scoring first goal on Sunday against Barnsley
That meant that Newcastle had gained 8 points on Brighton in the last three games of the season, an unlikely scenario indeed, and we won the Championship by a single point.
Perez believes what the vast majority of Newcastle fans believe right now – that we can have a great future if Rafa stays at the club.
This is what the 23 year-old has said in ChronicleLive today:
“It is very important he stays.” “Under Rafa I think the future will be very interesting.”
“Let’s see what happens, but it could be a great future.” “He is very important for us now and next season.”
“It is an absolutely amazing feeling.”
“Everyone started cheering like they’d scored the most-important goal of their lives, and that meant we are Champions.”
“It’s amazing because everyone went crazy on the bench.” “We were nervous sitting there waiting, but as soon as the referee whistled we became Champions.”
“This is a great achievement, something unbelievable and I will never forget it.” “We always believed.”
“Three games ago we didn’t win three games in a row.” “Then Brighton got ahead of us by seven points and maybe people didn’t believe.”
“But we still believed, we kept going and finally we have done it.” “We knew if we won every game and they started getting some defeats then we had a chance.”
“We knew we had to do our job; we have done during these three games, then they missed their chance.”
“That means Newcastle are Champions – and I think we deserve it after a long season.”
“I will keep my medal in a special place.”
There were reports in the Chronicle last night that Rafa met with owner Mike Ashley at the Benton training gerunds and they probably met in Rafa’s office that overlooks the training pitches.
No word yet on how the talks went, but that’s one of the things we need to find out quickly.
We expect them to have gone well – but we’ve been wrong before of course – and more than once.