Ayoze Perez is a man in form at the moment, and he is showing that he has developed a great understanding with Salomon Rondon up front.
Perez has also come to life with Miguel Almiron joining the team from Atlanta United in late January.
It was thought that Perez would be the man to give way for Almiron, but it hasn’t turned out that way.
After having two efforts go close in the first half on Saturday Ayoze brilliantly set up the all-important first goal by Salomon Rondon after 65 minutes.
Rafa Benitez called it a Messi type pass and Rondon brilliantly drilled the ball into the back of the net on the volley with his left foot.
It was 2-1 to Everton.
But Perez had only started, and after former Sunderland goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford couldn’t hold a swerving shot from Almiron, Perez hammered home the rebound after 81 minutes.
It was 2-2, and Isaac Hayden reminded everybody to line up quickly – we can win this game.
Emotions are flowing – Rondon and Perez celebrate winning Newcastle goal
And then three minutes later Perez hit a loose ball into the back of the net from close range, and it looked like Newcastle had done it as the crowd, and the players erupted.
We were leading 3-2.
And Rafa ensured we hung onto what was a famous home win and the 5th win in a row at St. James’ Park.
It was another fabulous second-half performance from Newcastle, and we deserved to win this game.
The players showed heart, endeavor, and desire and it was such a vital 3 points for us.
Perez is overwhelmingly the Man of the Match with 77% of the vote, and he looks in great form.
Rondon was second after both players had transformed Newcastle in what was a second half to remember for Newcastle fans.
Now we need to beat Bournemouth on the south coast on Saturday afternoon before the two-week International break.
Then we’ll all be very happy for the following two weeks.
We would have 37 points from 31 games – that’s the next test.
Howay The Lads!!