Friday 22 August 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Andy Carroll hit a superb hat-trick and Kevin Nolan scored twice as promoted Newcastle United marked their first home match back in the Barclays Premier League with a spectacular victory.
The match may have had a very different complexion if Villa had taken a chance in the ninth minute, but John Carew fired a penalty high over the bar after Ashley Young had been fouled by Steve Harper.
Newcastle, who had won the Championship title the previous campaign after relegation from the Barclays Premier League for the first time in May 2008, made the visitors pay only three minutes later when Joey Barton collected a pass from Jonas Gutierrez and fired a dipping 20-yard shot through goalkeeper Brad Friedel’s hands.
Nolan doubled the hosts' lead just past the half-hour when he headed home at the second attempt after Carroll had nodded back a left-wing cross from Jose Enrique. Three minutes later it was 3-0 as Carroll swept the ball in after Richard Dunne had failed to clear Mike Williamson’s header at a corner.
Carroll volleyed the fourth in the 67th minute after Williamson had won the ball on the edge of the area and 20 minutes later Nolan hooked the ball home from close range to make it 5-0. Carroll completed his hat-trick in stoppage-time when he turned in a pass from substitute Xisco from 12 yards.
"Andy is still developing but what he has is great desire and aptitude to improve," Newcastle manager Chris Hughton said. "He took his goals very, very well."