Jonjo Shelvey watched the 3-0 defeat to Oxford from the sidelines but is expected to be back against QPR.

The last Championship goals Shelvey scored were the two he got in the September demolition job at Loftus Road.

However, the Newcastle midfielder expects a more difficult game, especially with their recently installed manager.

Jonjo Shelvey says he owes a debt of gratitude to Ian Holloway, for the belief and confidence he instilled in him when at Blackpool, on loan from Liverpool.

As for the intensive man-marking job that Rotherham did, Shelvey admits that he does find it frustrating but also a compliment.

As for Ian Holloway declaring him the best ever in the Championship, Jonjo Shelvey believes he is ‘up with the best’.

Jonjo Shelvey talking to NUFC TV:

“A bad result at the weekend but just got to draw a line under that and learn from it.

“It would be nice (to have a repeat of 6-0 win at QPR) but it will be a totally different game, they have a new gaffer and it will be a much more difficult game – sure though we can break them down.

“That night was very special, six very good goals and it could have been a few more.”

‘Ian Holloway said you were the best player ever to play in Championship?’

“It’s nice. Obviously I worked with Ian at Blackpool when I was on loan from Liverpool, he was a great gaffer and he gave me a lot of belief and confidence.

“Nice to hear those kind of things said and I feel like I am up with the best in there.”

‘Does the prospect of more man-marking bother you?’

“I’m not going to lie, it is obviously frustrating, but if anything it is a compliment – if teams are going to put one or two players on you.

Against Rotherham I was tying my laces and he was standing next to me.

“It does though free up other players to go and do their thing.”

‘You swapped shirts with Will Vaulks at the end?’

“He asked for it during the game, so more than happy to give it to him.”