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Saturday, 19 October, 2002, 15:51 GMT 16:51 UK
Shearer's landmark in vain
David Dunn scores Blackburn's opening goal
David Dunn put Blackburn ahead with a penalty
Blackburn Rovers 5-2 Newcastle

An Alan Shearer brace took him past 300 career goals - but it did not prevent 10-man Newcastle slumping to defeat against Blackburn in a thriller at Ewood Park.

What should have been a dream day for the Newcastle captain as he reached the landmark against his former club, turned into a nightmare as United were exposed time after time.


Alan is the greatest English centre-forward that I've ever seen
Blackburn boss Graeme Souness

Nikos Dabizas' fifth-minute handball saw the Greek sent off and David Dunn's resultant penalty put Rovers in command.

Yet after Dunn's second, Shearer netted either side of the break to bring Newcastle level.

But Rovers raced away with the game in the later stages to record their fourth win of the season in style.

In a frantic opening, Dabizas was dismissed after being adjudged to have stopped Dwight Yorke's goalbound shot with his hand.

England Under-21 star Dunn made no mistake from the spot.

Dunn was celebrating again five minutes later, drilling the ball home to put Rovers in total control.


I'd much prefer us to have won 1-0 and me not to score today
Newcastle striker Alan Shearer

And only a goal-line clearance from Nolberto Solano kept out Egil Ostenstad's header.

But with Newcastle seemingly beaten, Shearer scored his landmark goal to give his side a lifeline.

The Toon legend completed his triple century of career goals by blasting home from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by Henning Berg inside the area.

Berg could have conceded a second penalty minutes later when a Craig Bellamy cross appeared to strike him on the hand, although referee Alan Wiley waved play on.

Shearer's second goal was a trademark header, rising brilliantly from a difficult angle to power a Laurent Robert cross past Brad Friedel.

Alan Shearer's familiar celebration followed his penalty
Shearer celebrates a professional goal for the 300th time

Newcastle were level despite seemingly being out of the game in the first half.

Yet Blackburn regained the initiative on 55 minutes, as Martin Taylor lashed a deflected Dunn shot past Given to make it 3-2.

Blackburn restored their two-goal lead in curious circumstances on 65 minutes as Given punched out Gillespie's header - only for the ball to rebound off the unfortunate Andy Griffin into his own net.

Rovers' made it 5-2 with sixteen minutes to go, Taylor notching his second goal with a header past Given to banish any fears of a Toon comeback.


Blackburn: Friedel, Neill, Berg, Taylor, Johansson, Gillespie (Tugay 66), Flitcroft, Dunn, Thompson, Ostenstad (Grabbi 78), Yorke (Jansen 66).
Subs Not Used: Curtis, Kelly.

Newcastle: Given, Hughes (Bernard 79), O'Brien, Dabizas, Griffin (Bramble 75), Solano, Jenas, Speed, Robert (Viana 75), Shearer, Bellamy.
Subs Not Used: Ameobi, Harper.

Sent Off: Dabizas (4).
Booked: Speed, Robert.

Attendance: 27,307

Referee: A Wiley (Staffordshire).

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