Ayoze Perez told of his joy after firing Newcastle United out of the Premier League’s relegation zone, writes Miles Starforth.
Perez scored an injury-time goal to give the club a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.
Aleksandar Mitrovic, Perez’s fellow substitute, had earlier cancelled out Eric Dier’s first-half strike at White Hart Lane.
The result lifted Steve McClaren’s relegation-threatened side, which trailed 1-0 at the break, up to 15th in the table.
It was Newcastle’s third successive Premier League win at White Hart Lane.
And Perez replicated his feat last season, when he scored a second-half goal to give United a victory by the same scoreline.
“It happened again, so I’m really happy to get the winning goal,” said Perez.
“It’s important for us to climb the table. I’m really happy for this win.”
The goals from Perez and Mitrovic came at the end where Newcastle’s travelling fans were housed, and Perez ran to the corner to celebrate in front of them after putting his team ahead.
United’s supporters had earlier chanted for Perez’s introduction.
“It was amazing,” said Perez. “That corner made me feel really good.”
Tottenham had deservedly led at the break, but the changes made at the interval saw Newcastle go on to dominate the second half.
“In the second half we were better than them,” said Perez.
“That made the difference. We changed a few things at half time. I think that’s why we won the game.”
The strike was Perez’s fourth of the campaign, and Tottenham are weighing up a January move for the 22-year-old, signed from Tenerife last year.
However, Mauricio Pochettino, the club’s head coach, was non-committal on a move for Perez.
Asked if he was interested in him, Pochettino said: “Erm, I dunno.
“The rumours, there’s a lot of rumours in football, but I think that we’re focusing on the game.”