Shearer gets hat-trick

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Alan Shearer scored a hat-trick yesterday to help Blackburn Rovers to beat a determinedWest Ham United side 4-2 at Ewood Park and move six points clear of the champions, Manchester United, at the top of the FA Carling Premiership.

Liverpool, who have played one game more, moved to within a point of United in third place with a convincing 4-0 victory over Norwich City at Anfield. Tottenham Hotspur won the north London derby against Arsenal at White Hart Lane, the Romanian Gica Popescu scoring the only goal of the game.

Newcastle United were held to a goalless draw at home by Manchester City.

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