Ram­pant Toons hit QPR for six

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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

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