AYOZE Perez told of his joy after helping Newcastle United to a fifth successive win – and hearing a song sung in his honour.
Perez scored with a superb flick in yesterday’s 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.
Captain Fabricio Coloccini also netted at The Hawthorns as Alan Pardew’s side climbed up to eighth place in the Premier League.
The result followed a memorable few weeks for Newcastle, who had beaten Liverpool, Tottenham and Leicester City in the league and Manchester City in the Capital One Cup.
Perez, signed from Tenerife in the summer, has been an integral part of the club’s revival.
Perez has now scored the winning goal in United’s last three league successes.
And United’s 2,700 travelling fans sung his name to the old Andy Cole song.
The significance of the song was explained to Perez, who wasn’t born when Cole signed for Newcastle in early 1993.
“I listened to the song, and the dressing room explained the significance,” Perez said.
“It’s the same song they sung about Andy Cole. It was very important for me. It’s very nice.
“The fans are always with us, and that’s very important to the team.”
There wasn’t much between the two sides before Perez’s intervention in first-half injury time.
Daryl Janmaat crossed from the right, and Perez flicked the ball beyond West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster.
“I’m very happy with the win,” said the Spain Under-21 international. “The team played very well.
“I’m very happy for the goal as well.”
Asked if he had scored a goal like that before, he added: “Maybe, but not often. It’s not often you score a goal like this.”
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