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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Striker Nets Record for Blackburn

LONDON -- Alan Shearer has claimed the first century of goals by a single player in the English Premier League but shrugged off the feat with typical modesty.


"Of course I am delighted, but the three points mean more than the goal," the England striker said after scoring the second goal in Blackburn's 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Saturday.


Shearer, playing his 124th game for the defending champion Rovers, was captain for the day in the absence of suspended Tim Sherwood and marked the occasion with a goal to remember.


Four minutes before the interval the ball broke to him outside the area. Shearer, who received it with his back to goal, turned adroitly and floated a superb shot over goalkeeper Ian Walker into the top corner.


It was his 24th goal of the season and maintained his record of scoring in every home league game this term as well as making him the first man to score 100 goals in the Premier League, now in its fourth season.


"Yes, it was a nice one but it doesn't matter whether they are from one yard out or 30, they all count," said Shearer, who moved to Blackburn from Southampton in 1992.


"I don't keep records. I only knew from reading the press that I had scored in every game at Ewood and I was aware that I only needed one for the 100.


"The only trophies I collect are the ones we get when we win things, so I've only got one so far. Why should I keep the ball? I haven't scored a hat trick. It's a great feeling to score goals but it's even better to get three points."


Shearer has been finding goals harder to come by when playing for England.


"The fact is I haven't scored for 10 games but there is more to my game than scoring goals. I am sure it'll come," he said.


Manager Ray Harford extolled Shearer's contribution. "Alan's goal was more than a good one, it was terrific," he said.


"His all-round play was very good and I feel he is as good a crosser as there is in the country."


Spurs manager Gerry Francis agreed Shearer had scored "a wonder goal" but said Blackburn were lucky to take three points, saying injury-stricken Tottenham had played with great spirit and had been denied a clear penalty.