Newcastle United left it late, but we got the win against the Terriers today with a goal after 80 minutes from Ayoze Perez.
That was Ayoze’s fifth goal of the season and a very vital one for the club.
That moves Newcastle up to 35 points from 31 games – now 4 points above Huddersfield in the league.
Crystal Palace, Swansea, Brighton, West Brom and Southampton were all beaten, so it’s a massive day for Newcastle, as far as avoiding relegation.
Ayoze Perez scores winner – after being set up by Kenedy
We are now 7 points above the drop zone and with our good goal difference that’s equivalent to 8 points clear with 7 games to play.
This was Newcastle’s second win in a row for only the second time this season, and we have now won our last three home games without conceding a goal.
It was also the debut for Islam Slimani who came on for the last 15 minutes while Newcastle were still tied at no score.
Newcastle were dominant in the first half, and there were some chances created, and it was Dwight Gayle, the main culprit in missing some of those chances.
But Newcastle were also disciplined and didn’t panic at all after missing the chances.
Dwight didn’t have any luck as he missed three decent opportunities to score in that first half, so it was still 0-0 at the break.
As the second half progressed the Terriers came at Newcastle more, and the game started to open up.
Rafa brought on Christian Atsu for Ritchie after 67 minutes, Slimani for Gayle after 75 minutes to make his long-awaited debut and then Isaac Hayden for Diame after 79 minutes.
It was very soon after Hayden came on that Newcastle got the all-important goal.
It was scored by Ayoze Perez, and it brought a mighty roar from the St. James’ Park faithful.
It was Atsu who put in a cross from the right wing, and goalkeeper Lossl pushed the ball away from the challenging Slimani, but only to Kenedy.
The young Brazilian immediately put the ball to Perez who had only to tap the ball home to get us the goal that gave us all 3 points.
There was no panic from the Newcastle players as they contained the Terriers for the final minutes of the game to get Newcastle a fabulous win that takes us to 12th place in the league table.
That’s out 9th win of the season, and we are now 10 points better off than two years ago when we were relegated.
We are 2 points below Bournemouth in 10th place, so who says we cannot finish in the top half this season?
If we can do that it will have been another colossal management job by a certain Mr. Rafa Benitez.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Shelvey, Diame (Hayden, 79); Ritchie (Atsu, 67), Perez, Kenedy; Gayle (Slimani, 75).
Subs not used: Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Murphy.
Huddersfield: Lossl, Smith (Mounie, 83), Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra (Malone, 86), Pritchard, Kachunga (Quaner, 56), Depoitre.
Subs not used: Coleman, Billing, Ince, Hadergjonaj.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
Attendance: 52,261 (sell-out)