- Newcastle now 10 points clear of 18th
- Perez scores both Magpies goals
- Southampton five points ahead of drop zone
Ayoze Perez a hat trick as Newcastle United held off Southampton’s second half charge in a 3-1 win at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
Mario Lemina scored a beauty for Saints in a game of high quality goals.
Newcastle goes 12th with 41 points, while Saints remain 16th with 36.
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Newcastle wanted a penalty when an early shot from Ayoze Perez was blocked by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg‘s arm.
Miguel Almiron took a Salomon Rondon flick and hit a wayward cross that Angus Gunn slapped wide of the goal.
The dam burst near the half-hour mark, when Perez scored both of his goals.
The first came with a fine, physical dribble right which the Spaniard punctuated with a hard shot across his body and inside the far post.
Then it was 2-0 within four minutes, Perez sliding onto the end of a Rondon cross to slap the ball inside the goal.
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9 – Ayoze Perez has scored nine goals in the Premier League this season; his most in a single campaign for Newcastle. Progression. #NEWSOU
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 20, 2019
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Saints deserved a goal and nearly had one through Maya Yoshida before Lemina answered the bell.
But Matt Ritchie‘s diving header was redirected by Perez for an 87th minute insurance goal and the completion of a fine hat trick.
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