Newcastle’s Perez wants more goals

Everton's Leighton Baines (left) and Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez in action
Everton's Leighton Baines (left) and Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez in action

AYOZE Perez is gunning for more goals in 2015 after making an explosive start to his Newcastle United career.

Perez netted in yesterday’s 3-2 home win over Everton.

And the strike took the 21-year-old’s goal tally for the season to five.

Midfielder Cheik Tiote won possession and passed to Perez, who created space for himself inside the box and rolled the ball past Joel Robles, his Spanish countryman.

Perez admits he couldn’t have foreseen his early success at United.

Asked if he thought he would make such an impact, Perez said: “I couldn’t know it.

“Five goals is a good number, and most importantly I feel good on the pitch and with my team-mates.

“I must keep going and score more goals for the team.”

The result, which came after four successive league and cup defeats, lifted Newcastle up to ninth in the Premier League table.

“It was a great result – I think we had to win this match,” Perez said.

“We were good on the pitch, and it was a good result.”

Perez, signed from Tenerife in the summer, felt it was a “special” moment when he scored to put United into a 2-1 lead.

“The most important thing was the victory of the team,” said Perez, who is now focused on the New Year’s Day home game against Burnley.

“My goal came from a tackle from Tiote. He passed to me and I controlled the ball and I scored.

“It’s special for me. It’s a good atmosphere.

“It’s one more goal for me, and three points for the team.

“Now it’s Burnley on Thursday, and we must win again.”