Magpies Starting To Hit Gear As Hoops Knocked For Six

Newcastle Make It 5 League Wins On The Bounce With Loftus Road Rout

After a slightly worrying slow start to the campaign it seems that Rafa Benitez' side are starting to find their groove in their quest for promotion back to the Premier League.

Whilst the last 4 wins had come from fairly steady workmanlike performances, last night the Magpies totally blew their opponents away and equal their biggest away league victory since 1962 with a 6-0 win against QPR.

The fact it was away from home and was a second away win in the space of 4 days was astonishing enough but the way they dismantled QPR last night was certainly an encouraging sight to see and hopefully belatedly sends out a bit of a message to the rest of the league if they didn't know already that we do really mean business this season.

Of course there is still a long long way to go but the signs are certainly encouraging especially when once again changes were made to the starting lineup to keep people fresh and people came on from the bench to make telling contributions with competition for places at an all time high.

Aleksander Mitrovic got his first league start of the season and it was good to seem him get a goal as well as set up the first one of Jonjo Shelvey's double - the midfielders 2nd and Newcastle's 3rd justr before half time being the pick of the goals.

A lively display from Perez saw him rewarded with a goal and then new defensive duo Clark and Hanley also got in on the act to register their first goals for the club and add some gloss to the scoreline and rub a bit of salt into the wounds.

As well as picking up the 3 points and scoring a few goals it was also good to see the goals getting shared around a bit too which also boades very well in that we are not just relying on one or 2 players to hit the net like we have done for the last few years and which has cost us dear. In all honesty it could have been more too with a couple of good chances missed and Atsu hitting the bar late on.

Shelvey in particular really looks like he is starting to find some form after a mixed start to his Newcastle career and I think he is going to be a real key player in our promotion push.

We just have to make sure we keep our foot on the gas - the worst thing we can do now is get complacent but I am sure Rafa won't let that happen. There is no point winning 2 away games and then not turning up at home to Wolves on Saturday.

They lost 4-0 at home to Barnsley last night so will be smarting from that so we need to make sure we get at them and pile on the misery as opposed to turning up and thinking it will just be a walk over.

Another great away following last night was massively rewarded and that is one of the games I just wish I had managed to get to, bet it was absolutely fantastic in that away end last night as those kind of wins at any level don't come around very often.

I think the only real negative from last night was former Newcastle player James Perch being stretchered off fairly early on with what looked like something potentially serious - fingers crossed it isn't as that is never nice to see especially when it is a real honest and genuine player like Perch who served the shirt so well.

Onwards and upwards for Newcastle then as we move within a point of leaders Huddersfield who lost at Brighton to leave us looking in a very healthy position with the goal difference nicely boosted and confidence clearly high.

Lets hope for more of the same on Saturday.


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