- Magpies miss myriad chances before Perez finishes late
- Town remains in relegation trouble
- Magpies’ third-straight home shutout
Ayoze Perez’s late goal sent Newcastle United seven points clear of the drop zone with a 1-0 win over visiting Huddersfield Town at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
Town is just three points clear of the drop after the win, with David Wagner‘s men outclassed aside from a late push.
Chelsea loanee Kenedy now has two goals and two assists in seven matches for Rafa Benitez.
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Town’s Aaron Mooy gave away a dangerous set piece and picked up a yellow card for a two-footed takedown of Ayoze Perez, and Newcastle presided over a 25-yard free kick just left of center. Jonjo Shelvey‘s effort was partially blocked by the wall.
The Magpies were buzzing, with Dwight Gayle having a bicycle kick blocked and Shelvey just missing the far post with his rebound bid.
Jonas Lossl slid to deny Matt Ritchie in the 16th minute, the visitors alive despite the early frenzy.
Shelvey used a quick free start to send Gayle 1v1 with Lossl, but the English striker’s cheeky chip was wayward. And Gayle lifted a DeAndre Yedlin cross over the bar in the 33rd. Messy.
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There was more Newcastle as the second half began, and the hard-tackling Magpies had the Terriers on the ground a few times over the first five minutes.
Newcastle was finally rewarded, with substitutes Christian Atsu and Islam Slimani (on debut) making an impact. Perez found Atsu on the right, and Slimani challenged Lossl for the cross before the ball fell to Kenedy. The Brazilian squared the ball to Perez for the finish.
Slimani won an 85th minute free kick, and Shelvey rocketed it over the bar.