Newcastle United treated their fans to a goal glut as they thrashed Tottenham Hotspur 7-1 at St James’ Park.
Alan Shearer opened the scoring and Les Ferdinand struck two minutes later, giving the hosts a 2-0 half-time lead.
Both players went on to double their tallies, and Robert Lee also struck twice in the second period, while Philippe Albert chipped in too. Allan Nielsen gave Spurs some late reason for cheer with a consolation goal.
Victory lifted Newcastle up to fifth place on 34 points, while Spurs dropped to 10th on 28 points.
Liverpool cemented their place at the summit with a ruthless demolition of Newcastle United.
Steven Gerrard gave the visitors the breakthrough and Sami Hyypia made it 2-0 soon after with a header.
David Edgar halved Newcastle’s deficit just before half-time, but Ryan Babel made it 3-1 five minutes after the break and Gerrard struck again before Xabi Alonso made it five from the penalty spot.
The result left Liverpool in first place on 45 points, three points clear of second-placed Chelsea, while Newcastle dropped to 14th on 22 points.