Newcastle centre half Ciaran Clark has credited the set piece delivery for his goal in the 6-0 rout against Queens Park Rangers last night.
The Magpies dominated the match against Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side despite Rafa Benitez making a number of changes from the side that beat Derby County 2-0 at the weekend. Clark came in to the side to replace Chancel Mbemba, and he believes the work in training by set piece takers Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie has paid off on the pitch. He told the club’s official website:
“With the quality of the set-pieces coming in, we’ve always got a chance of getting on the end of them. Jonjo and Matty are brilliant with corners and free-kicks and we are a real threat from them now. We practice it in training and thankfully it came off out there and I managed to get my head on one.”
Shelvey scored one screamer, as well as another deflected effort during the match, while there were also goals for the returning Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez, and Grant Hanley who came on as a substitute for left back Paul Dummett in the second half. The victory makes it five wins in a row for Newcastle in the league, and they are now just one point behind Championship leaders Huddersfield Town who lost 1-0 at Brighton last night.