Perez thinks Newcastle are safe after scoring the victor at Leicester

Perez thinks Newcastle are safe after scoring the victor at Leicester

It moved Newcastle up to 13th, 10 points clear of the Premier League's relegation zone, having played up to two games more than their rivals with four matches remaining. With the players we have, we'll work with them to open up the idea of where we can be better in that situation.

"We were playing against a good team. It's easier with this commitment from players". In other words, it is safe to say that Newcastle have maintained their Premier League status for next season. We have the city, we have all the potential. I'm not saying £200m but doing a little bit more, doing the right things, we can compete against the teams that are now maybe between seventh and 12th. In the first half we were too slow with the ball, whenever you play against that type of team that defend deep you have to be quicker and cleaner through the defensive lines and I don't think we did that quick enough.

Salomon Rondon nearly gave Newcastle the lead midway through the first half with a ferocious 30-yard free-kick that cannoned back off the woodwork.

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

Brendan Rodgers insists his Leicester squad will learn from their disappointing home defeat to Newcastle on Friday.

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Matt Ritchie swung in an inviting cross to the front post where Perez got in front of Wes Morgan to head across goal and into the far corner.

Miguel Almiron spun away from the Leicester defence and forced Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel into action with a powerful effort.

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.

Perez was denied by a fine save from Schmeichel in a frantic finale.

Vardy had Leicester's best chance to equalize, lifting a shot over the bar from close range after being fed a pass by Youri Tielemans with 10 minutes left.

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