Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Leicester Win Our Best So Far - Perez; SPANISH STAR: WE'RE SAFE BUT LET'S AIM FOR MORE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Leicester Win Our Best So Far - Perez; SPANISH STAR: WE'RE SAFE BUT LET'S AIM FOR MORE

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Byline: CHRIS WAUGH Newcastle writer chris.waugh@reachplc.com @CHRISDHWAUGH

NEWCASTLE United's victory over Leicester City was the biggest result of their entire season given it all but guaranteed their Premier League status for another season, believes match-winner Ayoze Perez.

The Spaniard scored the only goal of Friday night's game as he connected with a Matt Ritchie cross and looped a header over Kasper Schmeichel and into the net during the first half at the King Power Stadium. That win took United to the 38-point mark, which manager Rafa Benitez has repeatedly stated should be enough to secure their topflight future, and Perez agrees with his compatriot's assessment Newcastle will be a Premier League side again next season.

Following the victory over Leicester, Perez said: "It should be enough.

"We still have four games left to go and other teams have to play each other.

"We have a tough schedule but if we play the way we did at the King Power Stadium hopefully we can keep climbing.

"We played really well - credit to the team and the fans and the city - they deserve the fact we are staying in the Premier League for another season.

"Hopefully I can improve the number of goals I had last season.

"Hopefully, there is more to come from me in the four games we have left."

With seven Premier League goals so far this season, Perez is confident that, with four games still remaining, he can match - or even surpass - the eight he netted for the Magpies in the top flight last term.

United can now look up the table rather than merely over their shoulders, given it appears highly unlikely they will go down, and hope-fully the pres-sure will be off Newcastle in the coming days and weeks.

Perez added: "Definitely, the Leicester win was the biggest result of the season, that is how I feel. That is what we all feel in the dressing room as well. …

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