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Newcastle boss Bobby Robson
"Solano had a terrific match really"
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Monday, 16 October, 2000, 21:02 GMT 22:02 UK
Newcastle see off Boro with ease
Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer fired Newcastle into the lead
Middlesbrough 1-3 Newcastle

Newcastle jump up to third spot in the Premiership after defeating rivals Middlesbrough with the minimum of fuss at the Riverside Stadium.

The visitors could have doubled their tally on the night but a first half goal from Alan Shearer and two well taken goals from Alain Goma and Kieron Dyer was easily enough to claim all three points for Bobby Robson's side.

But it was Middlesbrough who began in bright fashion with Gianluca Festa creating a wonderful chance after just three minutes.

Festa was allowed a free header at the far post from a Dean Gordon corner but Shay Given made an excellent low save.

Responded well

United responded well when Dyer and Nolberto Solano twice exchanged passes down the right for the England midfielder to cross into the middle where Shearer volleyed wide.

Boro keeper Mark Crossley, making his home debut, had to dive at full stretch after 13 minutes to keep out a tame shot by Goma after Dyer had cleverly dummied Solano's free-kick.

But it was Shearer who broke the deadlock with a clinical finish after 37 minutes.

After good pressure from the Newcastle midfield Solano swung in a dangerous looping cross and Gary Speed athletically outjumped the onlooking Boro defence.

The former England striker then pounced and blasted the ball past the helpless Crossley.

Newcastle continued to dominate proceedings in the second half scrapping for every loose ball.

Their efforts were rewarded after 55 minutes with a second goal, again thanks to a static Boro defence failing to react to a high ball.

Alain Goma (right) celebrates scoring with Gary Speed
Goma's (right) first ever goal for Newcastle

Second goal

Daniel Cordone's inswinging corner caused havoc in the home rearguard and following a Gary Pallister header Alain Goma powered a header into the back of the net.

This was the Frenchman's first goal for his club and his face exhibited the full extent of his delight.

After 70 minutes Boksic was put through and racing beyond the chasing Newcastle defenders struck a vicious dipping volley that came within inches of clawing his side back into the game.

Shearer was in inspired form and almost grabbed his second of the game with just seven minutes remaining.

Solano continuing to impress on the right flank whipped in a cross for the skipper to guide his header just past the left post.

Lomana Lua-Lua was brought on in the final 10 minutes and still had time to make a tremendous impact showing off his huge array of skills.

Just one minute after coming close with a fine strike from the edge of the penalty box, the Boro defenders were so worried about the movement of Lua Lua they failed to pick up Dyer who volleyed adroitly past the keeper.

Middlesbrough to their credit continued to battle and were rewarded with a scrambled Brian Deane goal with the final kick of the game.

Middlesbrough: Crossley, Fleming, Gordon, Festa, Pallister, Karembeu, Ince, Mustoe, Boksic, Ricard, Cooper. Subs: Vickers, Deane, Beresford, Marinelli, Stamp.

Newcastle: Given, Domi, Goma, Lee, Dyer, Shearer, Speed, Solano, Cordone, Hughes, Charvet. Subs: Marcelino, Bassedas, Harper, Lua-Lua, Gallacher.

Referee: S Dunn (Bristol)

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