Ayoze Perez has revealed that his build-up to Saturday’s key match was interrupted with the sad news that his grandma had passed away.

The former Tenerife striker says that she was ‘like a second mother for me’.

Perez revealed on Monday that his grandmother died on Wednesday and dedicated the 3-0 victory: ‘Saturday’s win was for her..’.

Playing on despite the loss, Ayoze Perez played a key part in the second goal, the Spaniard counter-attacking the length of the pitch and he and Dwight Gayle then set up Kenedy for his and Newcastle’s second goal.

No such thing as a good time to lose a close family member, but with a three week gap between games, it should give Perez a little bit more time to spend with his family as they mourn their loss.

Ayoze Perez:

“Last week has been a very hard week for me.

“Last Wednesday my grandma passed away, she was like a second mother for me.

“Saturday’s win was for her…

“And THANKS to all the fans for the support you showed, it was too much needed for me after some sad days.

“We keep fighting.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 3 Southampton 0

Goals:

Newcastle: Kenedy 2, 29, Ritchie 57

Possession was Southampton 63% Newcastle 37%

Total shots were  Southampton 6 Newcastle 7

Shots on target were Southampton 2 Newcastle 5

Corners were  Southampton 6 Newcastle 2

Referee: Andre Marriner

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey (Merino 83), Kenedy (Atsu 78), Gayle (Joselu 69)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Murphy

Crowd: 52,246 (Southampton 1,600)

(Alan Shearer raves about loan signing and Newcastle’s win but admits to mixed emotions. Read HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the three goal win HERE)

(Mauricio Pellegrino couldn’t believe what he was watching – His reaction HERE)

(3 positives and 3 negatives from Saturday’s match – Read HERE)