Newcastle United finally secured their first victory of the Premier League season on Saturday, coming at the 11th time of asking as they edged past Watford.
Ayoze Perez scored the only goal of the game to defeat Javi Gracia’s in-form Hornets side, with three points seeing the Magpies rise out of the relegation zone.
While the Spaniard earned plaudits after his first goal of the season secured the win, separate praise was shared on social media for Chelsea loanee Kenedy – who caught the eye with a superb challenge in the second half to quell a threatening Watford attack.
That tackle provided the basis for plenty of the praise he earned from fans on Twitter but others identified his overall performance as a positive for the Magpies, believing his form will be crucial in the coming weeks as Newcastle fight for consistency.
We have gathered some of the best reactions below.
Kenedy was absolutely bang on yesterday!
That tackle epitomised the desire of the whole group. Was it a timeless performance? No! However, it’s a platform to build on and back to back clean sheets! Well done lads! #nufc
— Tim Turner (@TimTurner89) November 4, 2018
I know we won with a great goal and tremendous second half yesterday, but the highlight of the game for me was Kenedy running 60 yards back to clean up after Paul Dummett and stop a goal #NUFC
— Andrew Jobling (@amjobling) November 4, 2018
Just seen the video of Kenedy’s goal-saving tackle from yesterday. Not only does the lad bust his neck for about 30/40 yards, but he puts in an inch perfect challenge. A fraction of a second out and it’s a penalty and a red card. Absolutely superb ???????? #NUFC
— Chris Erswell (@chrisjwerswell) November 4, 2018
That tackle by Kenedy though, that's what we need more of. I think he is a confidence player and his does drop when it isn't going well, but he is trying, you can see that! Proper like the lad! #nufc
— Delightful Idiot (@Delightfulidiot) November 4, 2018
Kenedy is up and down with form but the guy just doesn't stop running, doesn't stop trying, doesn't stop caring. I'll be gutted when he's back at Chelsea. Showing all the heart @elgalgojonas used to on that left side! His last ditch tackle was my highlight of the game #NUFC
— chetan chohan (@ChetanChohan7) November 4, 2018
That Kenedy tackle yesterday was so good, I’m still thinking about it today ???? #nufc
— John Mul (@JohnMul07) November 4, 2018
That Kenedy tackle yesterday made me take back a lot of what I’ve said about him this season. Had a brilliant game yesterday from a defensive perspective, and that tackle is as good as a goal. #NUFC
— nathan (@toddsta96) November 4, 2018
Kenedy put a shift in mind MOM no question #nufc
— Stephen (@dustyrerds) November 3, 2018
Kenedy surely man of the match absolutely outstanding! Schar and Ki brilliant cameos. Has to be said Perez stepped up when needed. #nufc
— Highland Geordie (@NUFC_Oscar86_) November 3, 2018