We watched the game again yesterday, and how Newcastle were not at least three goals up at halftime, we don’t know.
If we had a couple of the Man City strikers on our side, it would have been 3-0 at the half.
Ritchie missed an easy chance, and Dwight Gayle missed a couple that were easier chances, but it was 0-0 at the half against Huddersfield.
We’ve seen this all before in the last two years where Newcastle dominate – cannot score – and the other team comes back and gets something out of the game.
The two managers shake hands before the game
That’s what Huddersfield tried to do in the second half yesterday, but our lads kept their heads.
And the goal came after 80 minutes when Perez was quite brilliantly set up by Kenedy with Islam Slimani also involved as he challenged the goalkeeper for an Atsu right-wing cross.
The Terriers did have a chance right at the end of a full five minutes of stoppage time, but Dubravka finally pounced on the loose ball.
There was a huge roar from the Geordie crowd at the end of the game – our lads played so well yesterday it was great stuff to watch.
And we never thought pundit Paul Merson was a fan of Newcastle United but he raved about the team on Sky Sports after the game.
This is what Paul – who had predicted a 2-0 win for the Magpies – said after the game:
“I think Newcastle are now one win away from safety.”
“I think if they get one more win, Southampton and Stoke will have to pull up trees to bring that back.
“So for me, one more win…West Brom, they’ve got, West Brom at home – you would like to beat, that’s your cup final.
“If you were told at the start of the season that you had to beat a team who had won two in 30 to stay up, you’d take that.
“Newcastle were brilliant first half. Absolutely outstanding.”
“First 30 minutes – 10 shots they had at goal”.
“Gayle should have had a couple of goals, they kept on going, they were very good.”
“The goal…Perez gets it, plays it out to Atsu, he plays the ball into the box, it falls to Kenedy at the far post.
“Talk about don’t panic, gets the ball and instead of just lashing it at goal he composed himself and a lovely five yard ball and Perez taps it in.
“Definitely, definitely deserved to win the game.
“Brilliant result for Newcastle.”
It was an excellent performance from our team and as Paul says – a brilliant result for us.
We agree with everything Paul says – for a change.