Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Perez hails Benitez influence with striker confident Newcastle are now safe

Perez hails Benitez influence with striker confident Newcastle are now safe

Martin Dubravka saved well after a solo run by Harvey Barnes and a right-footed strike by Ben Chilwell as Leicester tried to force the initiative early on, but it was the visitors who posed the greater threat on the counter attack - and Rondon's 15th-minute free-kick nearly brought spectacular reward.

"They have some very good young players, as well as experience with (Jamie) Vardy and (Wes) Morgan". We have been working for just over four weeks, they are a great group of players that will get better. We let them get into shape too early.

Leicester had won four in a row, with Brendan Rodgers among the nominees for March's Premier League manager of the month award after succeeding Claude Puel in February. We have four to go and we have the ambition to keep climbing the table.

Newcastle United fans have enjoyed what they have seen of attacking maestro Miguel Almiron since his high profile switch to St James' Park, and you can be sure Rafael Benitez is also pretty happy with what his new man has contributed to the cause.

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"In the second half we had a couple of chances and much better pressure in the game but it wasn't quite enough".

"That's what you have to do, otherwise you are going to be even lower in the Premier League and we would have been fighting relegation".

"As a coach, you always have a game plan". You have to enjoy today and be ready for the next one.

Ayoze Perez's 32nd minute header settled the tie at the King Power Stadium to move Newcastle onto 38 points, 10 points clear of Cardiff City in the drop zone.

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The first offside of the match, Newcastle United. Only in 1994-95 (10) and 2001-02 (9) have they lost more home Premier League games in a single season.

8 - This was Leicester's eighth home league defeat of the campaign, their most in a Premier League season at the King Power Stadium since it opened in 2002.

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.

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