Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez has told the Northern Echo that the best moment of his first season in England was their win over West Ham United on the final day.
Newcastle beat West Ham 2-0 to ensure that they remained in the top-flight, and Perez clearly enjoyed the pressure that came with the occasion.
“That was my favourite moment of the season,” he said. “The best moment was undoubtedly the last game. It was very emotional, especially when we scored the two goals.
“It felt great, and I was very emotional on a personal level. Despite the troubles we went through in the season, the fans stayed with us and supported us right through to the end.
“They supported the team all the way, and we managed to get the energy from them to get through the season.”
Winning that game was undoubtedly a big relief for Newcastle, as they had huge problems going into it.
The Magpies took on West Ham with their confidence low, following a run of 10 games without a win, but they dealt with the tension of needing to win to confirm their safety and ended up celebrating.
For Perez to pick it as the standout moment of his first season was rather surprising, though, as he was left on the bench for the fixture.
John Carver favoured picking more experienced players in his team to face West Ham and, as a result, Perez had to watch from the sidelines as his teammates secured the crucial victory.
Despite being left out for the Hammers encounter, Perez has still been a regular in his first season in England, where he has become Newcastle's main attacking threat, and he will be hoping to push on again next term.