Jonjo Shelvey in the past has been labeled as having a poor temperament and in all honesty it’s probably been overdone.
Jonjo came back to training on July 1st some 14 pounds lighter and he had employed a personal trainer over the summer and even shortened his summer holiday so he could to come back to pre-season super fit.
That’s not a bad attitude to have for a player whose club had just been relegated from the Premier League.
Manager Rafa Benitez and Jonjo Shelvey after the game
You played well kid – I’m quite pleased
After containing Derby County last Saturday and winning the game fairly easily 2-0, Newcastle followed that with a master-class of out-and-out attacking play at Loftus Road on Tuesday night to put in one of our best performances for a long time.
We won 6-0 – our biggest win in the league away from home for 54 years.
We’ve had some great publicity for it and for once Rafa Benitez is getting some credit for the miracle he’s overseeing at Newcastle United.
It was an unbelievable performance from our lads and to read the QPR press and the frustrated QPR fans after the game (we know what it feels like to get hammered) – they agree with that assessment of Newcastle.
We were fantastic on the night.
The star man who ran the show for Newcastle was Jonjo Shelvey, who got two goals and now has three goals in the last three games and he looked a great player on the night.
Jonjo has always had the talent and even after the game when interviewed on nufcTV he was calm and said we have to do the same thing on Saturday afternoon and beat Wolves – we cannot relax.
So that Rafa Benitez winning mentality, borne by over 20 years as a player and a coach at Real Madrid, has certainly rubbed off on Jonjo and our players.
Jonjo was simply sensational on Tuesday night.
He got 70% of the vote and was followed by Ayoze Perez with 7% and Ayoze showed a physical presence at QPR which was good to see.
But it was really one terrific performance from every single one of our players, so we take our hats off to them all and thank them for a scintillating performance.
We are so proud of them.
Now we have to keep it up against Wolves on Saturday.
Howay the Lads!!