The supporters were all but unanimous in wanting Ayoze Perez to start against Watford.

The likes of Rolando Aarons and Siem de Jong were also popular choices to be given an opportunity but the Spanish striker ended up being the only Steve McClaren change against Watford.

He gave us the usual proverbial 110%, unlike some of his teammates, but it just didn’t happen for Ayoze Perez.

His appraisal of the match was brutally honest, saying that United just ‘weren’t good enough’.

However, Perez claims that he is bemused as to why the quality shown by Newcastle on the training pitch isn’t reflected in the performances.

Much as I like Ayoze Perez, I do feel that I have to point out that if I was getting marked through the week by Mike Williamson or Fabricio Coloccini, I would fancy my chances of impressing.

Likewise, the challenge of marking Papiss Cisse or challenging Vurnon Anita in midfield, wouldn’t see me losing any sleep!

Ayoze Perez talking to the official club website:

“We are really sad because it is another game that we have lost, and it is not what we wanted to happen.

“In the first half we deserved what happened. We improved in the second half but it wasn’t good enough.”

Quality in training:

“I don’t know why it is not happening at the moment but we have to stay together and take our quality onto the pitch.

“During the week we can see a lot of quality in training but we have to do it in matches.”

Not too far away:

“I hope that it happens soon and we have to keep working towards this – if we keep working hard then it is not too far away, I am sure.

“I was pleased to start the game but I can’t be happy because we lost. We weren’t good enough and we have to try to get points as soon as possible.”