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Wednesday, 6 September, 2000, 22:16 GMT 23:16 UK
Shearer strike sinks Coventry
Alan Shearer: 200th goal of his career
Alan Shearer: 200th goal of his career
Coventry 0-2 Newcastle Utd

Alan Shearer stole the show with the 200th goal of his career as Newcastle continued their good start to the season with a well-deserved win at Highfield Road.

The former England striker, who later dedicated the goal to his new-born son William, stroked home a first half spot kick after Laurent Charvet was hacked down in the penalty area.

Kevin Gallacher ensured the visitor's moved top of the Premiership when he added a second after Marcus Hall's attempted


It's a milestone. It's 20 goals a year for 10 years at the highest level - and you've got to remember he (Alan Shearer) missed two full season with his cruciate injury and broken ankle.
  Newcastle manager Bobby Robson
clearance deflected off Kieron Dyer leaving the Scotsman to slot home.

The match began at a blistering pace and an Aaron Hughes error let in Craig Bellamy but his ferocious shot thundered against the cross bar.

Lively

The lively Daniel Cordone then was inches away from converting a Gary Speed cross but his out-stretched boot just failed to connect with the ball, allowing Coventry to clear their lines.

Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer: Landmark goal
It was a breathless, invigorating first fifteen minutes full of colour and fury, with Newcastle - Speed particularly - spraying the ball around the park with real aplomb.

However, the visitors had midfielder Stephen Glass, who was having a mixed game down the Magpies left, booked for persistent fouling after he had brought down Marc Edworthy.

The Toon Army lustily sang but were nearly silenced as Youssef Chippo sent a fizzing 25-yard volley goalwards which Shay Given did well to push wide.

But it seemed almost inevitable that the Newcastle captain would stamp his class on the game and he was rewarded for his industry when Charvet was hacked down after in the area on the half hour.

Shearer stroked home the resulting penalty for his first goal of the season.

It was a landmark strike for the most consistent striker in English football and, with England's crucial World Cup qualifiers on the horizon, Kevin Keegan must have been ruing Shearer's decision to quit the international scene.

Indeed, if Keegan thought he was unlucky, how must Gordon Strachan have felt when the second nail went in the Sky Blues' coffin on 58 minutes.

Curse

It probably felt as if the curse currently blighting Birmingham City had taken a short trip down the M1 to Highfield Road and the possibility of three points disappeared from City's grasp.


It was a game where we didn't get the breaks. We had them when we won at Manchester City but not tonight.
  Coventry manager Gordon Strachan

The hard-working Dyer blocked Marcus Hall's clearance, leaving Gallacher with the simple task of putting the ball in an open goal.

The goal seemed to imbue Newcastle with yet more confidence and with Bobby Robson's name echoing around the Midlands, Cordone twisted and turned his way down the right before bending a left foot shot just wide of the upright.

Coventry had numerous chances to haul themselves back into contention with Cedric Roussel blazing over, Carlton Palmer having a thunderous drive pushed over the bar and Paul Telfer heading straight at Given.

However, it seemed it was both Shearer's and Newcastle's night after his landmark goal thrust Robson's rocket into orbit - and put the Toon Army back on top of the Premiership.


Coventry: Hedman, Edworthy, Hall, Shaw, Williams, Telfer, Chippo, Palmer, Eustace, Bellamy, Roussel. Subs: Hadji, Kirkland, Aloisi, Breen, Normann.

Newcastle: Given, Charvet, Goma, Hughes, Domi, Dyer, Lee, Speed, Glass, Shearer, Cordone. Subs: Griffin, Harper, Gavilan, Kerr, Gallacher.

Referee: A Wiley (Burntwood).

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