Ayoze Perez reveals how Newcastle United's players have 'suffered' for the cause

Ayoze Perez reveals how Newcastle United's players have 'suffered' for the cause

Newcastle United put in a disciplined display away to Leicester City as Ayoze Perez's header sealed all three points.

Matt Ritchie swung in an inviting cross to the front post where Perez got in front of Wes Morgan to head across goal and into the far corner.

Salomon Rondon's free-kick smacked off the crossbar from 25-yards out which had left Kasper Schmeichel nowhere near the number nines effort.

Leicester draw a response six minutes later, as James Maddison combined with Ben Chilwell for a low strike which Martin Dubravka saved easily.

Vardy should have brought the Foxes level with ten minutes remaining after going clear on the left side of the box following a great pass from Youri Tielemans, but he looped his shot just over the bar as the Magpies held on for the win.

"38 points should be enough and that means a lot".

Afterwards boss Benitez, whose contract runs out at the end of the season, hinted he is ready to stay now safety is virtually assured. It was one of those nights where it didn't quite come off for us.

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Leicester are seventh - which will seal a place in Europe if Manchester City beat Watford in the FA Cup final - yet Wolves, Everton and the Hornets are within a point and have games in hand.

"The team has achieved great things but maybe with another manager we would have struggled even more", he said. His seven tackles were more than anyone else on the pitch recorded.

Perez nearly squeezed home the second goal for Newcastle with 14 minutes remaining after getting on the end of a loose ball at the near post but Schmeichel was alert to make the save this time.

- Newcastle have won back-to-back league visits to Leicester in the top-flight for the first time since September 1959 under manager Charlie Mitten.

"The team has worked really hard this season and we can say we are a Premier League team for next season".

It has been a long campaign for Newcastle.

Brendan Rodgers hopes Leicester will learn from a disappointing display that saw them lose 1-0 to Newcastle on Friday Night Football.

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