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Sunday, September 19, 1999 Published at 18:09 GMT 19:09 UK

Shearer's five star day

Black-and-white heaven for the long-suffering Newcastle fans

Newcastle 8-0 Sheff Wed

Alan Shearer scored five times as Newcastle chalked up their first league win of the season by hammering rock bottom Wednesday.

The BBC's Alan Biggs reports: "A devastating ad lib"
It was a dream start at St James' Park for manager Bobby Robson as the fans celebrated in the best style.

This was Newcastle's first league win since April and the first at home since February.

Shearer, who had never scored more than three in a top-flight game before, warned against complacency, saying: "We must not get carried away. I'm sorry to bring everybody down to earth."

Alan Shearer: "It's only three points"
But he said Robson had given the team a terrific lift during his two weeks in charge. "He has put in a hell of a lot of work. He understands people, he's got everybody playing with a smile on their face."

Both teams went into the game with only a point each, but it was Danny Wilson's Wednesday who were torn apart.

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The Toon Army gave Robson a predictable hero's welcome and after this result will surely believe the 66-year-old can revive the side which fell apart under Ruud Gullit.

Shearer's hat-trick came in 12 first half minutes and was sandwiched by an opener from Aaron Hughes on 11 minutes and a goal just after the break from Kieron Dyer.

Gary Speed made it six and Shearer smashed home his fourth in the later stages, before making it eight with a second penalty.

Despite the drama to come, and talented striker Benito Carbone's absence from the starting line-up, Wednesday started the brighter.

[ image: Robson: Hero's welcome]
Robson: Hero's welcome
Andy Booth put the ball in the net, only to be denied by a flag from a referee's assistant.

But then Dyer wriggled free on the left and crossed for Hughes who headed powerfully to the left of Wednesday keeper Kevin Pressman.

On 28 minutes Booth was carried off covered in his own blood after a clash of heads and Carbone joined the fray. But Shearer was about to steal the show.

His first was a deft flick from Nolberto Solano's cross, which nestled into the corner.

[ image: Danny Wilson looks on helplessly]
Danny Wilson looks on helplessly
The second was fortunate, a penalty after Emerson Thome was adjudged to have handled.

Shearer smashed it home and then completed the hat-trick three minutes before the break, netting Dyer's curling cross from close range.

Watching Shearer score trebles by half-time is becoming a habit for Dyer, who made his England debut when the striker inflicted similar punishment on Luxembourg 15 days previously.

And the young midfielder was superb after Robson handed him a free role behind the strikers.

[ image: Dyer: An impressive scorer]
Dyer: An impressive scorer
He made it five himself a minute after half-time, before a 32-minute period without a goal.

Wednesday were spirited in their attempted recovery, but they were never going to come back.

On 78 minutes Speed's powerful header from a Solano corner gave Pressman no chance, before Shearer picked up a loose ball three minutes later to make it seven.

The captain's seventh came within another three minutes after substitute Paul Robinson was brought down on the edge of the area.

The second penalty was duly crashed home as the Toon Army rubbed their eyes in disbelief.


Newcastle: Harper, Barton, Hughes, Goma, Domi, Solano, Lee, Speed, Dyer, Ketsbaia, Shearer.
Subs: Wright, Glass, McClen, Beharall, Robinson.
Sheff Wed: Pressman, Nolan, Thome, Walker, Newsome, Rudi, Sonner, Donnelly, Alexandersson, De Bilde, Booth.
Subs: Srnicek, Carbone, Haslam, Sibon, O'Donnell.
Referee: N Barry (Scunthorpe)

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