Tuesday 23 April 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Alan Shearer scored twice as Newcastle United recovered from two goals down to secure a point against Leeds United in a hard-fought encounter at St James' Park.
Lying level with third-placed Arsenal on 60 points, David O’Leary’s charges were hopeful of arresting a four-match losing streak and reviving their UEFA Champions League ambitions with a much-needed victory.
Indeed they appeared to have shaken off the trauma of their recent UEFA Cup semi-final defeat by Galatasaray when they raced into a two-goal lead at St James' Park inside the opening 17 minutes thanks to goals by Michael Bridges and Jason Wilcox.
But Newcastle, in 13th place in the standings and still reeling from an FA Cup semi-final defeat by Chelsea three days earlier, struck back on 24 minutes as Shearer headed the Bobby Robson's side back in contention. The Magpies captain then doubled his tally shortly after the restart to make for an enthralling second half.
There were chances for both sides in a passionate affair but Leeds passed up the best of them after Nikos Dabizas brought down Harry Kewell to concede a penalty. Ian Harte stepped up to send his attempt wide of Shay Given’s left-hand post.
The Yorkshire outfit had missed out on the chance to move to within three points of second-placed Liverpool but, despite the setback, two wins and two draws from their last four matches lifted them two points clear of the Reds and so they secured third place in the Barclays Premier League, thereby opening the door to a UEFA Champions League adventure that would end at the semi-final stage the following season. Newcastle, meanwhile, finished 11th in the table.