Tottenham Hotspur 1 Newcastle United 2: Whey Ay man! Perez enjoys dream debut

TALENTED ... Newcastle's Ayoze Perez.
TALENTED ... Newcastle's Ayoze Perez.
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AYOZE Perez and Sammy Ameobi fired Newcastle United out of the relegation zone at White Hart Lane this afternoon.

The pair scored their first Premier League goals in a 2-1 win for the club over Tottenham Hotspur.

Second-half substitute Ameobi cancelled out Emmanuel Adebayor’s first-half opener seconds after coming on.

And 21-year-old Perez, handed his first league start, claimed all three points with a header.

The result – United’s second successive victory – saw the club climb up to 14th place.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew made one change to his team, with Perez making his full Premier League debut in place of injured striker Papiss Demba Cisse.

With Cheik Tiote still sidelined, Vunon Anita continued in midfield.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, made five changes to the side which took on Asteris Tripoli in a Europa League tie on Thursday night.

And Spurs got their breakthrough in the 18th minute when Adebayor got above Paul Dummett to head a clipped left-wing cross from Ryan Mason past Tim Krul, who had set a Premier League record in this fixture last season when he made 14 saves in a 1-0 win for United.

Krul had a quieter afternoon, but not quite as quiet as Hugo Lloris at the other end of the pitch.

But six seconds into the second half, Lloris was picking the ball out of his net.

Colback found Ameobi, introduced along with Remy Cabella, from the restart, and the forward burst into the box and shot across Lloris and into the far corner of the net.

The goal silenced all but Newcastle’s 2,200-strong support, who were louder still after Perez put their team ahead in the 58th minute with a header from a Cabella cross.

Cabella took the ball from Sissoko on the left and delivered a perfectly-weighted cross for Perez, who directed it past Lloris.

United were put under pressure by their hosts in the last 20 minutes, but the team, well marshalled by captain Fabricio Coloccini, held firm, and Perez was given a standing ovation when he left the field to be replaced by Massadio Haidara in the 78th minute.

Newcastle battled on to claim a hugely-important victory ahead of Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup tie away to Manchester City.

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Lloris, Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Capoue (Kane, 66), Mason; Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela (Lennon, 77); Adebayor (Soldado, 82). Subs not used: Vorm, Chiriches, Davies, Dembele.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Janmaat, S Taylor, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Anita (Cabella, 46), Colback; Obertan (Ameobi, 46), Perez (Haidara, 78), Gouffran. Subs not used: Elliot, R Taylor, Armstrong, Ferreyra.

Goals: Adebayor 18, Ameobi 46, Perez 58

Bookings: Gouffran 22, Colback 50, Capoue 63

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe)