Football: Perez strike gives Newcastle 1-0 win over Huddersfield

Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez celebrates scoring.
Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez celebrates scoring.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Newcastle United playmaker Ayoze Perez struck the only goal of a tense game to give his side a valuable 1-0 Premier League win over Huddersfield Town at St James's Park on Saturday (March 31).

Striker Dwight Gayle had several good chances in a first half dominated by Newcastle but he failed to find the back of the net.

With the home fans growing increasingly restless in a scrappy second half, Perez eased their nerves by sweeping the ball home from close range 10 minutes from time after Huddersfield keeper Jonas Loessl failed to gather a cross.

The win lifted Newcastle to 12th place, seven points above the relegation places, while Huddersfield remained 15th.