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