Alan Shearer talks through his five favourite Premier League goals from the 260 he scored
Alan Shearer still reigns supreme, with 260 goals in the Premier League.
A record that may well never ever be beaten.
Asked by the Premier League to pick his five favourite goals from those 260 is no easy task.
Down below are his five choices, four Newcastle ones and the fifth choice is a token one for Blackburn, who he won the Premier League title with…
His top choice isn’t the best in terms of difficulty or skill, instead it was the one that saw him overtake Jackie Milburn as Newcastle’s greatest ever goalscorer.
Great times and I can picture all of these Newcastle goals so vividly in my mind.
Alan Shearer talking to the official Premier League site:
Newcastle United 2 Portsmouth 0 (4 February 2006) Number 1:
“I’d actually gone a few games without scoring.
“So every single week when I went out to play people were saying, ‘When is he going to score that record-breaking goal?’
“Fifteen or 20 minutes after that goal the hairs on the back of my neck were still standing up.
“To break that record was an incredibly proud moment for me and if I could have a perfect moment at St James’ Park it would have been there as it was at the Gallowgate End.
“It was probably one of only two or three times in my career when I got a ‘Well done’ off my Dad, so I think that means it’s even more special.”
Newcastle United 2 Chelsea 1 (25 April 2004) Number 2:
“I wasn’t going to run away from Marcel Desailly at that stage of my career, because he was quicker than I was.
“But I always fancied my chances of having a physical battle.
“He was tough, he was strong, but what I managed to do was, when the ball came into me, I managed to shrug him off me. I go to my right to come back inside on to my right foot.
“It’s a matter of getting the shot on target, it’s a matter of hitting the top of the ball to create the spin, and it’s another one where I’ve caught it so sweet.
“I’ve hit the top of the ball, and it was the dip that did the goalkeeper.”
Newcastle 2 Everton 1 (1 December 2002) Number 3:
“It was so late in the game, and it was just, ‘Why not take a pop? We need a goal.
“And I just knew where it was going as soon as I hit it. And it was going in the top corner.
“This goal against Everton was, I think, the best technically I had scored over the years.
“And I remember [Newcastle manager] Bobby Robson saying at the end of the game that I’d probably never catch another ball as sweet as that in my career.
“And he was absolutely right because 99 times out of a 100 that shot ends up in the Gallowgate End.”
Newcastle United 3 v Aston Villa 0 (3 November 2001) Number 4:
“It was the only option I had
“The reason I can say it wasn’t a cross is that there isn’t anyone in the box.
“I had one spot to hit, it was that top corner and rather than hit it with the front of the foot it was with the instep, and so I managed to get the power behind it.
“Have a look at Peter Schmeichel’s face, when he realises he’s beaten and he turns around with his hands on his hips, it meant so much.”
Blacburn v Norwich 1992/93 – Number 5
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