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Ayoze Perez slammed after Newcastle beat Stoke (BBC Video)

Stoke City 0 – Newcastle United 1

2018 started brilliantly for Newcastle United.

Rafa Benitez’s side are fighting for their Premier League lives this season.

But they got a major boost at the Bet365 stadium on New Year’s Day with a 1-0 win over Stoke.

The hero for Newcastle was Ayoze Perez. He finished a breakway goal in the 73rd minute to move the Magpies up to 13th in the division.

‘Ayoze Perez isn’t good enough’

Yet in the BBC’s post match summary of Newcastle’s win over Stoke, Ayoze Perez was slightly hung out to dry.

Despite his goal against the Potters, former Newcastle defender John Anderson argued that the Spaniard should continue up front.

He criticised Perez for his impact on the pitch and his ability to keep Newcastle up.

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