Queens Park Rangers 0-6 Newcastle United

13 Sep

Newcastle United's Jonjo Shelvey


Jonjo Shelvey has scored three goals in five Championship starts this season

Jonjo Shelvey scored twice as second-placed Newcastle pummelled QPR to earn a fifth consecutive Championship win.

Shelvey’s deflected shot rewarded early Magpies dominance and, with the tone set, Ayoze Perez made it 2-0 with a low strike at the second attempt.

The third goal saw Shelvey find the back of the net without any assistance through a stunning 25-yard strike.

Ciaran Clark headed a fourth and close-range efforts by Aleksandar Mitrovic and Grant Hanley sealed the rout.

Newcastle’s win – which takes them to within a point of leaders Huddersfield following their defeat at Brighton – was as stylish as it was emphatic and earned them a sixth victory in a row in all competitions.

Magpies flying after slow start

And it was even more impressive given the back-to-back defeats in their opening two fixtures of the season.

QPR were second best in midfield and devoid of ideas in attack, mustering just one shot on target before the break – and three in total.

Their cause was not helped by having ex-Magpies man James Perch taken off a stretcher but, by they that stage, they were already 1-0 down and being outplayed.

Perez had a goal ruled out offside before Shelvey’s effort took a cruel deflection off Karl Henry to make it 1-0.

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Ayoze Perez was instrumental in Newcastle’s midfield dominance and also grabbed the second goal

Matt Ritchie and Shelvey then both had chances but it was the outstanding Perez who grabbed the second of the night when he calmly found the far corner after his initial effort was saved by goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

The hosts, who have still not managed a goal from open play this season, saw Steven Caulker head their best chance over the bar.

But Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez was able to relax almost immediately after the restart when Shelvey’s sensational strike – the pick of the bunch – found the corner of the net.

Smithies also had to tip a Mitrovic header on to the bar but, after Clark headed number four from Ritchie’s corner, Mitrovic made it 5-0 after good work by Christian Atsu.

Hanley’s simple shot completed the scoring on a wretched evening for QPR, who slip to 13th in the table.

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Shelvey did not start the first game of the season but Newcastle have won four of the five league games he has started since

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Newcastle United 6.

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Newcastle United 6.

Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers).

Offside, Newcastle United. Jonjo Shelvey tries a through ball, but DeAndre Yedlin is caught offside.

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

Foul by Christian Atsu (Newcastle United).

Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Joel Lynch replaces Steven Caulker because of an injury.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Atsu.

Offside, Newcastle United. Jonjo Shelvey tries a through ball, but Matt Ritchie is caught offside.

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 0, Newcastle United 6. Grant Hanley (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ciaran Clark following a corner.

Attempt missed. Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Karl Henry.

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United).

Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

Substitution, Newcastle United. DeAndre Yedlin replaces Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Offside, Newcastle United. Jonjo Shelvey tries a through ball, but Ciaran Clark is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Ritchie.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Steven Caulker tries a through ball, but Conor Washington is caught offside.

Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United).

Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United).

Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Cousins.

Attempt saved. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a through ball.

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Grant Hanley replaces Paul Dummett.

Hand ball by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United).

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 0, Newcastle United 5. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Isaac Hayden.

Attempt saved. Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nedum Onuoha.

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