March 31, 2018 / 4:23 PM / 20 days ago

Perez strike gives Newcastle 1-0 win over Huddersfield

(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.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Newcastle United vs Huddersfield Town - St James' Park, Newcastle, Britain - March 31, 2018 Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez celebrates scoring their first goal with Kenedy REUTERS/Scott Heppell

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.

Reporting by Philip O'Connor, editing by Ed Osmond

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