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Saturday 29 March 2014

On this day in 2002: Newcastle hit Everton for six

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Newcastle's emphatic win at St James' Park

  • Andy O'Brien (pictured) was among the scorers as Newcastle put six past Everton at home

  • O'Brien's goal was his first for Newcastle, and it made it 3-2 just after half-time

  • Nolberto Solano (pictured) netted twice for the Magpies, who ran out 6-2 winners

  • Former Newcastle striker Duncan Ferguson scored as Everton went into half-time at 2-2 rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

29 March 2002 - Newcastle United 6-2 Everton

Newcastle United ended a five-match winless run in all competitions in style with a comprehensive 6-2 win over Everton.

Nolberto Solano scored twice and Alan Shearer, Carl Cort, Andy O'Brien and Olivier Bernard were all on target for the Magpies. Duncan Ferguson had given the visitors an early lead and Niclas Alexandersson had equalised to make it 2-2.

It meant Newcastle maintained their hold on fourth place in the Barclays Premier League table while Everton remained just below mid-table.

Duncan Ferguson looped in the sixth minute opener for the Toffees but the hosts quickly responded as as Alan Shearer collected a long throw from Laurent Robert and slotted home.

Robert was again the provider two minutes later as his left-wing centre was met on the half-volley by Carl Cort for his first goal after returning from a long injury lay-off.

After Solano and Kieron Dyer both missed chances to increase the lead, Everton equalised when Alexandersson beat Sylvain Distin inside the area and fired home on 34 minutes.

Twelve minutes after half-time, O’Brien restored Newcastle's lead when he prodded in his first Newcastle goal from a corner.

Solano dashed any hopes of an Everton comeback with two goals in three minutes - the first set up by Dyer and the second by Jermaine Jenas.

Substitute Bernard completed the scoring two minutes from time when he finished off Lomana LuaLua's cross as the Toffees conceded six goals in a Barclays Premier League match for the first time.

Fourth was where the Magpies finished and they qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the second successive season. The Toffees were down in 15th - seven points clear of the bottom three.

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Key Points

  • 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 Newcastle earned an emphatic 6-2 win over Everton at St James' Park