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Newcastle boss, Bobby Robson
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Bobby Robson
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Saturday, 30 September, 2000, 18:19 GMT 19:19 UK
Shearer goal sinks City
Solano and Shearer
Shearer proves his worth with the winning goal
Manchester City 0-1 Newcastle

In a tense match full of near-chances, Geordie hero Alan Shearer showed he has still got what it takes with a 74th minute header to win the match.

However, it was a huge disappointment for City goalkeeper Tommy Wright whose string of saves kept the Manchester side in the game.

The 37-year-old, filling in for an injured Nicky Weaver, was outstanding and rightfully awarded Man of the Match, despite conceding a late goal.

Newcastle may have deserved to win, but it took the introduction of super subs Solano and Lua Lua late in the second half to break the deadlock.

Manchester City had their opportunities, but Wanchope could not seem to find the net as he was denied a series of headers and in the end, City lacked the cutting edge.

Newcastle pressure

It was vital we got back on track, so I'm very pleased
  Newcastle manager Bobby Robson
At the start of the game, there did not look much between the teams with both sides desperate to find openings

Manchester City looked to have the first chance as Kevin Horlock broke the offside trap on the left side in the eighth minute.

Horlock sent a pass teasingly halfway across the goal before Newcastle's Aaron Hughes could frantically put the ball out of play

City continued to try and find space up front, but were denied by the dogged defending of the Magpies

But soon enough, it was Newcastle who started to get the better share of play.

Shearer was unlucky not to score 14 minutes in when City goalkeeper Tommy Wright made the most of a rare first team appearance reacting quickly to block his header.

The Wright stuff

Dyer and Wiekens
Dyer looking dangerous before a nasty knock
Wright again denied Newcastle 10 minutes later, using lightning fast reflexes to block Gary Speed's blasting header after a Cordone corner from the right.

Dyer showed why he is featuring in England boss Kevin Keegan's plans by creating some real headaches for stand-in keeper Wright.

29 minutes in, Dyer pushed down the right side, overcoming Weikens' sliding tackle to trouble Wright on the near post.

Dyer, demonstrating his talent for the unpredictable, tried a cheeky chip which Wright could only just palm out.

He scores goals and he's dangerous. He's had a lean spell and he goes in the right places. He's very clever, he leans and tugs, but you can't argue with what he does. He's very important for Newcastle
  Manchester City manager Joe Royle
Despite growing pressure from the Magpies, Manchester City had a few chances of their own as Paulo Wanchope always seemed to be in the right place at the right time.

The Costa Rican nearly nudged one in as Kevin Horlock's free kick floated dangerously into the box, but a sea of legs blocked the shot off the line.

Then 10 minutes before half-time, Wanchope threatened the Newcastle goal again with a header which forced 'keeper Shane Given to produce some heroics of his own.

End to end

A few people keep writing me off, but I'll keep scoring goals
  Alan Shearer
As the second half began, the Magpies looked set to continue the pressure going forward with Domi and Dyer making darting runs.

But a tenacious City side battled on, boosted by the introduction of winger Mark Kennedy after half-time.

In the 52nd minute it seemed Wanchope was doomed not to score with his head as he was denied as one of City's own players, Prior, got in the way.

City had another chance two minutes later as Kennedy, breaking fast on the left, supplied Wanchope with the umpteenth heading opportunity, but the striker could not keep the shot on target

Super subs

Newcastle tired and desperate to break the deadlock, tried to invigorate the side with some substitutions.

First, the ineffectual Argentinian Cordone came off for new 2.5m signing Lomano Lua Lua after 65 minutes.

I think we looked a bit tired, but no excuses they were better than us
  City manager Joe Royle
Immediately the former Colchester striker breathed some life into the side, but it was the introduction of Solano for the injured Dyer seven minutes later that would have the telling effect.

A minute later, some nice exchange between Solano and Lua Lua on the outside of the City box, enabled Solano to get space and cross in from the right for Shearer to head in on the far post.

City refused to give up, desperatley tried to find an equaliser, but it was clearly not their day.

The taking off of a tired George Weah in the 69th minute for an even older Ian Bishop, showed City were not likely to score.

In the end, no-one could deny Newcastle deserved the three points, just as no-one could deny that Wright deserved the Man of the Match award.

Man City: Wright, Whitley, Ritchie, Prior, Weah, Haaland, Wiekens, Horlock, Wanchope, Dickov, Tiatto. Subs: McKinney, Bishop, Crooks, Kennedy, Jobson.

Newcastle: Given, Domi, Lee, Dyer, Shearer, Speed, Griffin, Cordone, Hughes, Gallacher, Charvet. Subs: Lua-Lua, Solano, Karelse, S. Caldwell, Hamilton.

Referee: P Taylor (Cheshunt)

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