Shearer makes others pay the penalty
By Duncan Alexander
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Opta take a close look at Alan Shearer's impressive penalty scoring record.
The sight of Alan Shearer thumping a penalty into a rippling net and wheeling away in triumph has been one of the most familiar sights in the Premiership era. Indeed, 1997-98 remains the only Premiership season not to see a trademark Shearer spot kick.
Thanks to a knee injury, however, Shearer's penalty strike against Sunderland on Easter Monday 2006 is likely to be his final ever goal as a professional footballer. He took it as coolly as ever, particularly given the fact it was against Newcastle's hated rivals, but the fact that it was a penalty was not too much of a surprise. The former England international has had to increasingly rely on them to quench his goal thirst as his ageing limbs have declined.
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In only four out of 14 Premiership campaigns have penalties accounted for 40% or more of Shearer's total, but the two most recent seasons fall into that category, as does the 2000-01 term.
Incredibly, when Shearer set a new landmark figure of 10 penalties in 1994-95, they represented only 28% of his monstrous total of 34. This was the striker's rampant heyday when he scored more than 30 goals in three consecutive seasons and helped Blackburn to the title.
Nevertheless, a penalty goal counts just as much as any other, and scoring one in a Newcastle win at Sunderland will surely give Shearer great pleasure for years to come.