Newcastle 1 Huddersfield 0 – Saturday 31 March 3pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
A goal with 10 minutes to go from Ayoze Perez finally gave Newcastle a deserved win.
Not quite as entertaining as the last two home matches but another massive three points towards safety.
“Technically eight points clear of safety.
“The game wasn’t memorable and Kenedy seemed baffled as to how he’d got himself caught up in a Championship match being played in the Premier League.
“Huddersfield had obviously decided a point would do and as chances came and went they would have probably started to share the antsy feeling around the ground that they could snatch all 3.
“Some solid performances again leading to pure relief at Perez’ goal.
“It could prove incredibly important as the relegation battle starts to take shape and, thankfully, we are one of the sides moving away from it.”
“A massive 3 points.
“Not the best performance but they kept at it and nicked the goal.
“Relief all round!”
“Three home wins and three clean sheets, the last two against hopelessly unambitious and disorganised teams.
“After the first half of missed chances I didn’t think the goal was coming, but fair play to kenedy and Perez, both were pretty anonymous but they won us the game today.
“The defence and Shelvey and Diame were all good today. Shelvey tried everything he could, tho he might struggle to take the free kicks from now on.
“We are only a few points from safety now. It’s been hard work but we’ve got better as it went on. HTL.”
“That’s been a hell of an afternoon of tension but the players got there.
“Credit to them and to the manager for being so professional.
“The amount of chances that went begging was alarming but Perez has popped up to score late from a Kenedy pass.
“Three points and we’re on the brink of Premier League survival.
“Newcastle have been fantastic at home in 2018. Rafa’s got this.
“Final word for Ayoze Perez who has been affected by the recent loss of his grandmother.”
“First half excellent, just a shame we couldn’t stick the ball in the bloody net!
“Not sure if the lack of a goal caused a bit of nerves amongst wor lads but we looked a different team in the 2nd half, down to walking pace at times.
“We end up getting ourselves involved in a scrap and somehow come out on top – happy days!
“There’s a lot to like about this bunch of lads and today’s gritty resolve is the bedrock of that.
“Howay the Lads!!!”
“Ghosts of home games past haunted my half time ruminations.
“I’ve seen us play good halves followed by bad ones, and I’ve seen us boss a game and concede late this season.
“After 3 or 4 decent first half chances went begging, I was thinking the fates might conspire against us.
“But a good first half performance against a well organised if unambitious outfit was followed by an equally good second, and we scored just when Huddersfield were starting to play like a team that remembered why they came up the M62.
“And now it’s over, I can only think of one occasion where our keeper had to be alert.
“So, the better side won an important game, the teams around us managed to lose where they could, and I’m starting to believe I’ll be watching top tier football next season.
“Worried to see Diame limping off, and Slimani looks 3 games off match fitness, but a satisfying day overall.
“Kenedy would be my M-o-M and no one had a stinker.”
“Another perfect day of results.
“That victory was absolutely huge. I had that feeling Huddersfield were gonna steal it.
“Kenedy as cool as a cucumber to square one to Perez. Many would have lashed at it.
“Inspired signing. Key to our last two victories.
“We should be fine now.
“So Mr Ashley can start negotiations to sell the club…”
“Always fancied it would be tight and that we’d come out on top with a dirty one nil win.
“So it proved, but really, Dwight Gayle should have had at least two in the first half.
“In that spell we were fantastic and should have buried them.
“But we didn’t, and the second was more the expected grid lock.
“A few months ago heads would go down and we’d lose this one, but we kept going and went on to scoop the points.
“Get THE EFF in!
“Up to twelfth, seven clear of the drop with seven to play. Lovely stuff – Happy Easter!”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Huddersfield 0
Newcastle: Perez 80
Possession was Huddersfield 37% Newcastle 63%
Total shots were Huddersfield 4 Newcastle 18
Shots on target were Huddersfield 0 Newcastle 3
Corners were Huddersfield 3 Newcastle 3
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Atsu 67), Shelvey, Diame (Hayden 79), Shelvey, Kenedy, Gayle (Slimani 75)
Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Murphy
Crowd: 52,261 (3,000 Huddersfield)