Rampant Toons hit QPR for six
NEWCASTLE condemned QPR to their biggest ever home defeat as Jonjo Shelvey’s double inspired a 6-0 demolition at Loftus Road yesterday. Rafael Benitez’s side ran riot in west London to maintain their challenge for automatic promotion from the Championship.
Ayoze Perez, Ciaran Clark, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Grant Hanley also scored as the Magpies enjoyed a fifth consecutive win to remain in second place in the race for a quick return to the Premier League following last season’s relegation.
Newcastle went ahead in the 12th minute, when Shelvey’s shot took a deflection off Karl Henry and flashed past goalkeeper Alex Smithes.
And they doubled their lead on the half-hour when Perez collected Matt Ritchie’s delivery and scored at the second attempt after his first effort had been blocked by Smithies.
Shelvey’s second came three minutes into the second half as the former Liverpool midfielder curled a glorious shot into the top corner from 25 yards.
Clark made it four with a header from Ritchie’s 56th-minute corner. Nine minutes later, Perez attempted to nudge substitute Christian Atsu’s shot towards goal and inadvertently teed up Mitrovic, who finished from seven yards out. And when Clark’s scuffed volley on 79 minutes dropped to an unmarked Hanley, he fired home to complete the rout.
Newcastle are only one point before leaders Huddersfield, whose unbeaten start was ended with a 1-0 loss at Brighton. Sheffield Wednesday staged one of the comebacks of the season as they recovered from two goals down with 10 men to defeat Bristol City 3-2 at Hillsborough.
Barnsley’s fine form since winning promotion last season shows no signs of slowing after they thrashed Wolves 4-0 at Molineux. Derby’s miserable start to the season continued when they were beaten 1-0 at home by Ipswich.
Norwich made it two home wins on the spin after a tense 2-1 victory against Wigan at Carrow Road. Preston won a Championship game at Deepdale for the first time in seven months as goals from Tom Clarke, Callum Robinson and Jordan Hugill secured a 3-0 victory over Cardiff.
Ryan Sessegnon grabbed a last-gasp leveller to earn Fulham a deserved 1-1 draw with Burton. Leeds won 2-1 against Blackburn to leave their opponents rooted to the bottom of the table, while Reading drew 0-0 with Birmingham. – AFP