Ayoze Perez feels Newcastle’s second goal in the 3-0 defeat of Southampton on Saturday was an ‘important’ moment in the context of the game and the season.
The Magpies were already 1-0 up after Kenedy struck just 63 seconds into the match, with the Brazilian winger pouncing just before the half-hour mark to double that lead and set United on course for a crucial three points.
Perez played his part in the goal, seizing upon a loose ball in his own half and leading a rapid counter attack by driving towards the visitors’ penalty area before playing in Dwight Gayle, who unselfishly squared the ball for Kenedy to tap in at the Leazes End.
And the Spaniard – who played despite the death of his grandmother – believes that two-goal cushion went some way to securing an important a victory that could prove pivotal in the battle for Premier League survival come the end of the season.
“The second goal came at a good time for us and the counter attack was brilliant in terms of great movement,” Perez explained to the Chronicle.
“Everything went well. It was a great finish which gave us a lot of confidence.
“To go in at 2-0 up in the first half is something important. It’s important in this league and we kept it up in the second half.
“It was a massive win for us and three important points. I’m really happy and the dressing room knew the importance of the result.
“We did really well and we are one step closer.”