Ayoze Perez scored his first goal for Newcastle United as the Magpies beat Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Wednesday night.

Alan Pardew named a youthful team as his side returned to domestic pre-season action and was rewarded with a good performance from his XI, who were too strong for an almost first-choice Owls side, despite some spells of heavy pressure from the home side.

Cheick Tiote made his first appearance of the summer after linking up with the side after the World Cup, while new boys Emmanuel Riviere and Perez also started. The Spaniard stole the show with a fine performance and scored the only goal of the night midway through the second half to cap his fine game.

The hosts started brightly and should have been ahead after 12 minutes. A poor header from Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa landed at the feet of Gary Madine and the former Carlisle man found Chris Maguire. The striker only had Rob Elliot to beat but was caught in two minds and ended up floating his effort harmlessly over the bar.

On 17 minutes the travelling support burst into a rapturous round of applause for Liam Sweeney and John Alder, the two Newcastle fans that were killed on board flight MH17 earlier this month. The home crowd soon stood and joined in, while the scoreboard also showed a tribute to the two fallen fans.

Seven minutes later, Riviere almost opened the scoring as he burst through the middle of two defenders, only to poke an effort wide of Chris Kirkland’s goal.

In response, Giles Coke stung the fingertips of Elliot with a long range strike, while giant forward Atdhe Nuhiu was causing problems with his power. The Austrian’s best chance came when he lifted a delicate chip onto the roof of the net.

As is normally the way with pre-season friendlies, the second half was disrupted with numerous substitutions and the game threatened to lose its flow.

However the visitors would change that with a stunning Perez goal.

Elliot calmly claimed a corner and with an inch-perfect throw found Gabriel Obertan. The former Man United winger burst forward at pace and played it through for Perez, who had timed his run brilliantly to defy the Wednesday offside trap. One on one with Kirkland, the 21-year-old slotted his shot home confidently and wheeled away to celebrate with the travelling Toon Army.

The Owls should have equalised with six minutes remaining when trialist Franck Betra somehow missed the target from less than ten yards but Newcastle held on to record their third win of pre-season.

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  1. tony

    too strong for an almost first-choice Owls side . Sheffield Wednesday where missing six senior pros due to injury.

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