Tuesday 26 November 2013
We remember Alan Shearer's hat-trick for Blackburn against QPR, Thomas Vermaelen making amends for an own goal, Rio Ferdinand signing for Leeds United and Steve Bruce taking over at Wigan Athletic
Alan Shearer scored a hat-trick against Queens Park Rangers as Blackburn Rovers returned to the top of the Barclays Premier League table for the first time since the middle of August.
Rovers came into the game second in the standings, having won six of their seven home Barclays Premier League matches, while QPR, who were hovering just above the relegation zone, had failed to win any of their seven away fixtures.
Chris Sutton gave the hosts the perfect start when he put them ahead in the ninth minute with his 13th goal of the season. Shearer then got to work, scoring all his goals in a 29-minute second-half spell. He doubled the Magpies' lead in the 56th minute with his 11th goal of the campaign, made the game safe 10 minutes later from the penalty spot and completed his treble with a long-range shot five minutes from time.
It was the second Barclays Premier League hat-trick of Shearer’s career and the England forward went on to score a record 11 trebles in the competition.
The three points helped Blackburn climb to the top of the table – swapping places with Manchester United, who were held to a goalless draw by Arsenal at Highbury.
Rovers went on to finish as Barclays Premier League champions for the first time, winning the title by a single point from Man Utd, while Rangers ended up in eighth place.