Saturday 12 April 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Les Ferdinand became the first player to score two consecutive hat-tricks in the Barclays Premier League as Queens Park Rangers made it back-to-back wins with victory at Goodison Park.
Ferdinand, who had scored his first senior treble at home to Nottingham Forest two days earlier, hit his goals in a 12-minute spell either side of half-time as the Londoners cemented their hold on fifth place in the table.
It was Everton's worst home defeat for nine years and left them nervously looking over their shoulders in 15th place in the Premier League's inaugural season.
Andy Impey had given the R's a fifth minute lead with a left-footed shot but Tony Cottee equalised for the Toffees on the half-hour mark with his 12th goal of the season.
Ferdinand then scored his first goal from 12 yards, six minutes before the interval, after good work by Bradley Allen and Andy Sinton.
He made it 3-1 in the first minute of the second half from a rebound after Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall had failed to hold an Impey cross.
Ferdinand completed his treble with his 21st goal of the season in the 51st minute with a powerful strike from 15 yards.
David Bardsley hit Rangers' fifth from 25 yards with 11 minutes to go before the Toffees scored two consolation goals through substitutes Stuart Barlow and Preki.
Before the match, Ferdinand had only scored one goal away from Loftus Road all season and he said: "I've been aware of my poor away record and I came here thinking I was going to improve it, but it's hard to believe I did it with a hat-trick."
QPR manager Gerry Francis said, "Les was frightening with his strength and pace," while Everton boss Howard Kendall added: "He has done a one-man demolition job on us."
Francis' charges finished the season in fifth place, meaning they were the highest ranked London club, while Everton climbed up to 13th.