Ayoze Perez reveals personal torment following Newcastle victory

Ayoze Perez has revealed he played in Newcastle’s 3-0 Premier League win over Southampton through the heartache of losing his grandmother.

The 24-year-old Spaniard, who made a key contribution to Kenedy’s second goal in a vital victory, dedicated the result to a woman he described as being “like a second mother”.

Perez said via his Twitter account on Monday: “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.”

The Magpies’ win left them in 13th place in the table and five points clear of the relegation zone with eight games to play.

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