Newcastle came from two goals down to grab their fifth consecutive home win on Saturday, and fans are full of praise for the often-divisive Ayoze Perez.
After a hard-fought point and a resilient performance last time out against Liverpool, it was perhaps no surprise to see Everton burst out the blocks at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
The Toffees were two goals to the good within half an hour, as goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, together with a missed penalty from Matt Ritchie, left the home side with a mountain to climb.
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Climb it is exactly what they did though, as Salomon Rondon buried a real striker’s finish just after the hour mark, before Perez left his mark on the match.
The crafty Spaniard, who takes loads of stick on Tyneside for his lack of end product, scored twice in three minutes, bundling home a Jordan Pickford error before smashing in the winner after a scramble in the Toffees’ box.
The 25 year-old is still inconsistent, but he now has five goals and one assist in his last ten matches in all competitions, so his production in the final third is clearly improving.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
After today any fan giving out about Ayoze for me isn’t a real fan..the lad works his boll** off and does all the running needed up front.
He was immense today and has been for most of the season.
Love the kid #nufc
— Nufctoonarmy (@mickobtoonarmy) March 9, 2019
He’s far better when he’s allowed to attack and create as he has been of late. We kill all of his attributes when we sit in and he us just “filling space”
— Me (@newcastlefan55) March 9, 2019
Has never given anything but his all. A player all teams like to have.
— Karl Moss (@k7mossy) March 9, 2019
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, and I’ve said it before.
Just the two goals & an assist in a huge win today. He scores in crucial games & contributes, and has done in almost every season he’s donned Black & White.
— Kevin Doocey (@KevinDoocey) March 9, 2019
Ayoze Perez deserves handshakes, apologies and pints from a significant number of our fan base. Myself included. What you having, Ayo? #NUFC
— Rohan Banerjee (@RBanerjee23) March 9, 2019
Write off Ayoze Perez at your peril… Man does tend to turn up when we need him! #NUFC ?
— ?? Martin ?? (@The_MartinX) March 9, 2019
AYOZE PEREZ IS THE BEST £1.5 MILLION A CLUB HAS EVER SPENT#NUFC
— Dell ??????? (@agbnufc) March 9, 2019
Where are all the Ayoze Perez haters now? #NUFC
— Kieran Brothwood (@Brothyyy) March 9, 2019
Ayoze Perez scores again. When we need him. Again. Won’t hear a bad word against him. (And I say this when we lose also). #nufc
— Liam (@ldabbs89) March 9, 2019