Perez heads Newcastle closer to Premier League safety

Perez heads Newcastle closer to Premier League safety

With the players we have, we'll work with them to open up the idea of where we can be better in that situation.

"They are a very honest group of players and we will go away and analyse it and see where we can be better". This city, the club has potential.

"You can do everything right with your tactics, but the other team has one player that can make the difference".

Salomon Rondon nearly put the visitors ahead when he hit the bar with a free-kick from 30 metres but they did not have to wait long for Perez to strike and they held on for the win.

The Foxes quickly regained their composure and Chilwell forced Martin Dubravka into a low save after 21 minutes.

Leicester's four-match winning run ended with the defeat to Newcastle, hurting their chase for seventh spot, and boss Brendan Rodgers insisted it will take time for him to implement his plan at the club.

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But it was Perez who broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute as the Spanish winger met Matt Ritchie's cross with a glancing header that flashed over Schmeichel.

It had been a textbook counter-attacking away performance from Benitez's side and they began the second half on the front foot - only for Perez to horribly miscue Rondon's cross.

Almiron fared no better after Fabian Schar carried the ball out of Newcastle's defence and picked out his team-mate with a superb pass that demanded a better finish than the hurried shot that cleared the crossbar.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Leicester manager Rodgers, who was appointed in late February, said: "It was interesting to watch the team because it is the first time I have really seen us in this type of game where we have to break them down, and I think it's an area where the team has struggled but hopefully in time we will get better at that".

The Magpies had a chance to put the game to bed after Perez did brilliant to get past Ben Chilwell but Schmeichel made a smart save to keep his side in the game.