It was a third successive victory for Newcastle yesterday as the lads played really well to win at Leicester City by a 2-1 scoreline.
They were also two outstanding goals that won the game for us from Jonjo Shelvey after 18 minutes when he sent the two Leicester center-backs before placing the ball brilliantly past Schmeichel.
In the second half after 75 minutes, Newcastle got a goal out of nothing as Lejeune kicked the ball clear from his own penalty area and Perez was our lone man up front.
The bounce of the ball seemed to deceive both Leicester center-backs as the goalkeeper came out and was in no man’s land.
Perez showed his skill by kicking the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back on an empty net.
Jonjo Shelvey – after opening the scoring
Leicester had come at Newcastle in the second half, and they managed to get a goal back after 84 minutes through Vardy, but then we hung on well to get another excellent 3 points.
It was a third successive win for Newcastle, and that makes it 13 points from our last six games, so the Magpies are hitting form at just the right time.
We moved up two places in the league table with 38 points from 32 games and overtook Bournemouth and Watford.
Shelvey opened the scoring with a great goal from the edge of the penalty area as he feigned a move to his right and then moved left to give him a clear view of the goal.
He then hit the ball into the back of the net with his right foot to open the scoring,
Before that, a Kenedy right-wing corner had found Perez at the near post whose header forced a decent save from Schmeichel.
There was an altercation between Gayle and Maguire which caused some controversy as the Leicester center-back pushed his hand into Gayle’s face.
The Newcastle players wanted a red card from referee Attwell, but a yellow card looked like the right decision.
Newcastle were dominating the game, but then Paul Dummett seemed to bring down Mahrez with a sliding tackle in the penalty area, and it looked like a penalty.
But the referee waved play on as it seemed that Mahrez was merely looking for the foul – but we’ve also seen those given.
It was 1-0 at the break with Newcastle controlling the game and Shelvey looking composed and creative in the center of the park.
It was a more even game in the second half with Newcastle dangerous on the counter-attack.
The Foxes were still moving the ball around far too slowly.
Rafa brought on Cristian Atsu after 63 minutes for a tiring Kenedy who had worked his socks off for Newcastle – what a player this lad is!
Six minutes later on came striker Joselu for Dwight Gayle who had played well but needs a goal.
Then out of nothing a long clearance from Lejeune found Perez surrounded by the two center-backs, who seemed to leave it to each other, so Perez took the invitation to lob the ball over the goalkeeper.
A fantastic goal from Perez and his second winning goal in as many games.
Vardy pulled a goal back for Leicester six minutes from time, but it was an unfortunate goal for Newcastle to concede and we didn’t defend a left-wing cross very well at all.
The ball was well inside the six-yard box when it was headed down to Vardy who slammed the ball home almost on the goal line.
Newcastle then saw the game out calmly with Joselu holding the ball up well and goalkeeper Dubravka taking two high crosses in grand style.
It was another top performance from Newcastle, and Rafa Benitez looked well satisfied at the end of the game.
The manager has the players knowing exactly what they have to do in every situation and the lads are playing with great passion and desire.
It was an excellent performance again from a rejuvenated Newcastle United side.
Newcastle have looked a good side in the last couple of months and our lads are playing with confidence without any anxiety.
Don’t tell Rafa but we think 38 points will see us safe.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (Okazaki, 56), Chilwell, Morgan, Vardy, Albrighton, Silva, Maguire, Iborra (Choudhury, 41), Mahrez, Diabate.
Subs not used: Jakupovic, Gray, Iheanacho, Dragovic, Fuchs.
Newcastle: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Diame, Shelvey; Ritchie, Perez, Kenedy (Atsu, 63); Gayle (Joselu, 69).
Subs not used: Darlow, Clark, Manquillo, Hayden, Merino.
Goals: Shelvey 18, 75, Vardy (86)
Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)