Newcastle fans have poured onto Twitter to give support for first-team star Ayoze Perez, after he sent an emotional message to them.
The Newcastle striker revealed that he had played the full 90 minutes in the 3-0 win against Southampton after his grandam died three days prior.
He sent the message on Monday morning, saying it had been a “hard week” and fans were blown away by his commitment and dedication.
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 ???????? pic.twitter.com/WC74qYRLvR
— Ayoze Perez (@AyozePG) March 12, 2018
Perez has only missed two games for Newcastle in the Premier League this season and played a pivotal part in the 3-0 against Southampton on Saturday that lifted his club to five points above the relegation zone.
He ended the message to fans with a battling, “We keep fighting”, and the Newcastle fans responded in kind on Twitter.
Here are the best reactions from Newcastle fans who are in awe of their attacker:
Credit to you for playing through tragedy, when @lovenkrands11 lost his dad and played he will always be a hero for that, as will you for putting in a great shift on Saturday. Sorry for your loss
— DNEUK (@DNEUK9) March 12, 2018
U were outstanding kid done your grandma proud ⚫️⚪️????
— ⚽️Paul ⚫️⚪️Dudgeon???? (@paulyd_81303) March 12, 2018
Sorry for your loss Ayoze, to play in difficult circumstances and put in a great performance like you did deserves so much respect, you would have made her so proud ❤️
— Ryan (@RyMorris95) March 12, 2018
— Stuart (@Stuart32528468) March 12, 2018
A credit to the badge for playing under these circumstances! Such a hard worker and it’s great to be able to say that you’re our current longest serving playing, Ayoze! #nufc
— NUFC Update (@NUFC_Update) March 12, 2018
One of the best displays you've shown. Great effort lad.
— Sindre Sandven (@sindresandven) March 12, 2018
that run for the 2nd goal was unreal, made the right pass too which opened up the space for kenedy at the back post to slot it in.
— Jay (@NufcJay18) March 12, 2018
Really sorry to hear your sad news! To still play on Saturday (and stay focussed so you could play as well as you did!) really shows what sort of man you are! I've always been a fan of yours but now I have even more respect and huge admiration for you!
— Mitchell Hopper (@MitchellHopper) March 12, 2018
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