Newcastle have picked up the LMA award for the performance of the week – following their fantastic 6-0 win at Loftus Road on Tuesday night.
And to think last season under the woeful Steve McClaren we couldn’t win away from home much at all.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez
Here’s what has been put out on the LMA web-site:
The League Managers Association’s five-man panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, has determined that the LG Performance of the Week Award should go to Newcastle United following their emphatic 6-0 victory away at QPR in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday 13th September 2016.
The experienced and highly distinguished panel has managed a combined total of over 6,000 competitive matches in professional football.
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez will receive a celebratory bottle of champagne, courtesy of Tanners Wines, and a LG Performance of the Week trophy in a presentation to commemorate the award.
Jonjo Shelvey bagged a brace, while Ayoze Perez, Ciaran Clark, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Grant Hanley were also on target as the Magpies ran riot at Loftus Road.
Shelvey set the ball rolling early on with a deflected effort from distance and the lead was doubled on the half-hour mark by the outstanding Perez, who beat R’s goalkeeper Alex Smithies with a low finish.
It was a dominant first half display, but the visitors cut loose after the interval and refused to take their foot off the pedal.
Midfielder Shelvey netted his second of the evening with a 25-yard screamer that bent into the top corner, before Clark got in on the act with a powerful header and Mitrovic kept his cool when unmarked inside the six-yard box.
And there was still time for substitute Grant Hanley to score his first Newcastle goal with a close-range finish, as they racked up a sixth successive victory in all competitions and a fifth clean sheet in a row.
Rafa Benitez will be delighted with his side’s performance and they will look to make it seven in a row on Saturday as Wolverhampton Wanderers come to St. James’ Park.