Championship
QPRQueens Park Rangers0NewcastleNewcastle United6

Queens Park Rangers 0-6 Newcastle United

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.

A brilliant third goal arrived courtesy of Shelvey's stunning 25-yard strike.

Ciaran Clark headed a fourth and close-range efforts by Aleksandar Mitrovic and Grant Hanley ensured QPR's record home league defeat.

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 on a stretcher but, by they that stage, they were already 1-0 down and being outplayed.

Ayoze Perez score Newcastle's second at Loftus Road
Ayoze Perez was instrumental in Newcastle's midfield dominance and also grabbed the second goal

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

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 14th in the table.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez:

"We can still improve. The team was playing well, everybody was pushing and working hard, but you always make some mistakes.

"The main thing for us was to get the three points so we could leave our fans happy. We also managed to get the clean sheet.

"We now have to show we can concentrate in every game. It doesn't matter if we score six goals, we get three points in the end. Now have to concentrate on the next game and not lose that concentration."

QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink:

"Newcastle are a good side and have a striker in Mitrovic, who cost £15m, Shelvey cost £12m, Matt Ritchie £11m - and I could go on.

"But I don't want to make excuses. There were things that happened out there that I wasn't happy with.

"We were very stretched and it was easy for them to counter-attack us - and it's very dangerous when they they are able to do that.

"It was easy for them to get in behind us when though we were playing deep.

"It's hard to take, but I must say that Newcastle are a great team with big players and you could see that."

Jonjo Shelvey
Shelvey did not start the first game of the season but Newcastle have won four of the five league games he has started since
Aleksandar Mitrovic (left) and Ayoze Perez
Aleksandar Mitrovic (left) and Ayoze Perez both scored their first league goals of the season
Rafael Benitez
Rafael Benitez's side now have a goal difference of plus 12, scoring 10 and not conceding a goal in their last three matches

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Smithies
  • 5Onuoha
  • 22CaulkerSubstituted forLynchat 89'minutes
  • 4Hall
  • 3Bidwell
  • 24PerchSubstituted forWszolekat 18'minutes
  • 8Cousins
  • 20Henry
  • 23N'GbakotoSubstituted forSyllaat 57'minutes
  • 10Chery
  • 9Washington

Substitutes

  • 6Lynch
  • 7Borysiuk
  • 13Ingram
  • 15Wszolek
  • 19El Khayati
  • 27Shodipo
  • 40Sylla

Newcastle

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 28Sels
  • 8Anita
  • 6Lascelles
  • 2Clark
  • 3DummettSubstituted forHanleyat 65'minutes
  • 20GouffranSubstituted forAtsuat 61'minutes
  • 14Hayden
  • 12Shelvey
  • 11Ritchie
  • 17Pérez
  • 45MitrovicSubstituted forYedlinat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Colback
  • 5Hanley
  • 9Gayle
  • 15Diamé
  • 22Yedlin
  • 26Darlow
  • 30Atsu
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
17,404

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home7
Away29
Shots on Target
Home3
Away12
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Christian Atsu (Newcastle United).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Goal!

    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.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Karl Henry.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Huddersfield751195416
2Newcastle75021641215
3Barnsley7502189915
4Norwich7421118314
5Birmingham733185312
6Fulham733186212
7Brighton732296311
8Ipswich732287111
9Sheff Wed732289-111
10Reading732279-211
11Brentford631274310
12Bristol City73131110110
13Nottm Forest63121313010
14QPR7313912-310
15Burton7232121119
16Wolves723289-19
17Leeds7214711-47
18Aston Villa61327706
19Preston72057706
20Derby712416-55
21Cardiff7124612-65
22Rotherham6123514-95
23Wigan71151012-24
24Blackburn7025615-92
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