Perez thinks Newcastle are safe after scoring the victor at Leicester

Aubrey Yates
April 14, 2019

Newcastle took a big step toward Premier League survival by winning 1-0 at Leicester on Friday, with Ayoze Perez scoring the first-half victor for Rafa Benitez's side.

Matt Ritchie swung in an inviting cross to the front post where Perez got in front of Wes Morgan to head across goal and into the far corner.

Salomon Rondon came the closest in the opening stages after rattling the crossbar from a long-range free-kick.

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Vardy should have brought the Foxes level with ten minutes remaining after going clear on the left side of the box following a great pass from Youri Tielemans, but he looped his shot just over the bar as the Magpies held on for the win.

Newcastle's defenders all excelled but they were brilliantly protected by Isaac Hayden in a defensive-midfield role. We have the city, we have all the potential, we have everyone in Newcastle supporting the team, it's massive. His seven tackles were more than anyone else on the pitch recorded.

Perez's 32nd-minute header won the game with Newcastle claiming only their third away win of the season.

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But he's now gone nine games in a Newcastle shirt without a goal or assist and even the most die hard fan will know that his end product does have to sharpen up.

Leicester, looking to secure a European spot next season under new coach Brendan Rodgers, had striker Jamie Vardy back.

- Leicester City completed 649 passes, their highest total in a Premier League game since 2003-04 (when Opta began recording this data); indeed, three of their four highest successful pass tallies in this time in the division have been recorded in their six fixtures under Brendan Rodgers.

And Perez believes the result was the most important yet this season given that it has nearly certainly ensured another season of Premier League football on Tyneside.

With four games left to play, victory should ensure Newcastle's safety in the Premier League for another season while Leicester could slip down to 10th if results go against them over the weekend.

Perez was last season's leading scorer with 10 goals in all competitions, including eight in the league.

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