Bumpy ride for NUFC after QPR draw

Queens Park Rangers' Luke Young (left) and Newcastle United's Demba Ba battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Loftus Road, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 12, 2011. See PA story SOCCER QPR. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Queens Park Rangers' Luke Young (left) and Newcastle United's Demba Ba battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Loftus Road, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 12, 2011. See PA story SOCCER QPR. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
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NEWCASTLE United’s players had a bumpy flight back to Tyneside as gale force winds battered the country.

But it wasn’t half as bumpy as they 90 minutes they endured at Loftus Road.

At least when the got off their plane they had the satisfaction of the point they took from Queens Park Rangers.

And a glance at the Premier League table in this morning’s papers would have brought more satisfaction, the point having taken them up to fourth in the Premier League.

Going forward, however, the question on the lips of the 1,279 away fans at Loftus Road – and those who watched the game back home on TV – was just where are the goals going to come from this season?

Newcastle hardly troubled Paddy Kenny in goal, with Leon Best creating their best chance with a neat turn and shot early in the game.

That was as good as it got and Pardew knows his team won’t always be as solid defensively as they have been in their first four league games, not least against the division’s better sides.

FULL report in Tuesday’s Mail ...