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Sunday 23 February 2014

On this day in 1994: Hat-trick hero Cole downs Coventry

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Newcastle moving up to third with a 4-0 win

Second on the all-time list of Premier League goalscorers, Andrew Cole was one of the deadliest strikers in the game, and he won all the domestic trophies. rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

23 February 1994: Newcastle United 4-0 Coventry City

Andy Cole hit a hat-trick as Newcastle United won for the first time in four Barclays Premier League matches to climb to third in the table.

Cole, who scored all his goals in the second half, was returning from an injury lay-off after hurting his shoulder in the FA Cup replay defeat at Luton Town two weeks earlier.

His determination to play impressed Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan, who said: "He was not more than 60% fit, but what was fantastic was that he wanted to play. Each time he scored I asked him if he wanted to come off."

Cole's new partnership with Ruel Fox, making his home debut, showed promising signs in the first half although it was mid-table Coventry City who came closest to scoring when Peter Ndlovu's shot was tipped over the bar by Pavel Srnicek.

Srnicek turned provider five minutes into the second half when his long clearance fell for Cole to lift over Coventry keeper Steve Ogrizovic for his 31st goal of the season.

Cole doubled the lead in the 71st minute when he pounced on a rebound after Ogrizovic could only parry Fox's shot.

He completed his treble eight minutes later with a low shot following a mazy run by Peter Beardsley, who also set up the fourth for substitute Alex Mathie less than a minute after he had replaced Scott Sellars.

The result left Coventry, who had beaten Manchester City 4-0 four days earlier, in 11th place, which was where they finished the season.

Newcastle finished third in their first top flight campaign for five years and their debut in the Barclays Premier League. Hat-trick hero Cole went on to net 34 goals from 40 League appearances in a remarkable season, and the England marksman won the Golden Boot as the competition's top scorer.

  • Andy Cole's treble helped Newcastle move up to third with a 4-0 rout against Coventry

  • The striker scored 34 goals in a sensational debut Barclays Premier League season

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  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when a hat-trick from Andy Cole helped Newcastle beat Coventry 4-0