QPR 0 Newcastle 6 – Tuesday 13 September 7.45pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:
“Can’t stop smiling. A win in London and what a win.
“A privilege to have been to our biggest win in ages.
“Thanks guys, I think I’ll still be smiling all the way on the journey home tomorrow…”
“Brilliant! So many positives as a changed team from Saturday’s great result, returns an incredible result!
“Shelvey was superb and looks like a new player in the middle of the park and goals for Perez (MOM) and Mitro will be very useful to get them settled for the season.
“I would say that I think QPR will be average at best this year but take nothing away from an incredible performance.
“The vibe from Rafa and the players after Derby was to look ahead to the next game with professionalism and focus.
“I am certain this will be the case again as this is swiftly forgotten and we look at a Wolves double header.
“Enjoy the Championship lads” OK.”
Leazes Park Ender:
“Quite simply the perfect night.
“You can’t really ask for much more. Manager, players, fans – all feeling very united.
“Benitez is really starting to get somewhere with these players now. Wins and confidence in abundance. Winning is a habit and we have the magic formula now.
“Everyone is playing well and putting a shift in. The tactics are spot on. Offensively we look dangerous and we’re watertight at the back.
“I’d expected a trickier game in London, especially in that 28 degree heat, but we’ve simply been streets ahead of them in every area.
“Shelvey the standout performer. His second goal a delightful curling striker that no keeper is going to save.
“Rafa handed Mitrovic his first start as the rotation game goes on but it’s working so far. He’s got a headache for Wolves on the weekend.
“It’s often mentally tricky to hit the same heights after such a massive win, but in Rafa I certainly trust.”
“From what I heard on the radio and following on SSN (on mute) we were dominant, a class above, NUFC unleashed!!
“We seemed to be in competition with Barcelona of who would score the most on the night.
“The games cannit come quick enough at the minute. Brilliant!”
“Hurly firkin schmidt!
“One thing missing from all the solid hard graft we’ve put in recently was a dominant attacking assault. We were going to click at some point and tonight was the night.
“Senor Benitez has completely turned this club upside down.
“Steve McLaren, the man who could fall in a barrel of tits and come out sucking his thumb, nearly buckled the wheel for good. Couldn’t keep clean sheets, couldn’t score goals, couldn’t win away…
“Now we are in steamroller mode and we pulled down QPR’s kegs and gave them six of the best – unlucky, nah, could have been ten!
“Rafa – I will have your bairns!
“When the hell did we last win 6 nowt away?
“Couldn’t be happier, wish I could have been there, away fans deserve this for all they have put up with the last few seasons, enjoy your beers tonight lads and lasses! GERRRRRRRIN!”
“Perfect away performance.
“We’ve really settled into championship life and look a real force.
“Mind, the season might as well end now, because it’s not going to get any better than that Gouffran goal!”
“Admit it. At 4-0, you thought this might end 5-5. Get in!”
“I can’t remember the last time we won 5-0 let alone 6.
“Great to have Shelvey dictating things in the middle of the park.
“I had Rafa’s football down as pragmatic and defensively minded, rather than entertaining- what do I know!
“Another three points on Saturday and we will be starting to set a real pace.”
Here are the stats from BBC Sport:
QPR 0 Newcastle 6
Newcastle: Shelvey 12, 48, Perez 30, Clark 56, Mitrovic 63, Hanley 79
Possession was QPR 50% Newcastle 50%
Total shots were QPR 7 Newcastle 29
Shots on target were QPR 3 Newcastle 12
Corners were QPR 4 Newcastle 8
Team: Sels, Anita, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett (Hanley 65), Hayden, Shelvey, Gouffran (Atsu 61), Ritchie, Perez, Mitrovic (Yedlin 74)
Unused Subs: Darlow, Colback, Diame, Gayle
Referee: Andy Davies
Crowd: 17,404 (Newcastle 2,900)