Football: Eleven asides

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Safe as houses: The England keeper Nigel Martyn conceded the fastest goal in the Premiership yesterday, a Gary McAllister penalty after 1min 14sec. He was beaten three times as his Leeds United team defeated Coventry 4-3.

He ain't bad, my brother: Phil Neville, who deputised for injured brother Gary in Warsaw midweek, continued his good run of form on the right of Manchester United's defence as they beat Liverpool 3-2 in front of 44,929 fans.

End of an era? Tony Adams and Martin Keown, the rocks upon which both Arsenal and England rested, are losing their way. The Gunners, despite beating Aston Villa 3-1, have now conceded seven goals in seven matches (10 fewer than in the whole of last season).

Bitter twist: Worse. Stuart Pearce, who came out of retirement for the two internationals, yesterday broke his leg during West Ham's 1-0 home defeat of Watford. "I heard a crack," Harry Redknapp said.

From batty to wacky: After that daft tackle in Warsaw which earned him a red card, David Batty returned for Leeds in their crazy 4-3 win.

Finding form too late: Why can Paul Scholes boss the Man United midfield against Liverpool, but not England's in Poland. Perhaps he should always play in his club shirt?

Jekyll and Hyde: David Beckham provided his forwards some great service in the first half, then kicked out at Liverpool's Jamie Redknapp in a repeat of his infamous France 98 red card.

New dawn, old story: After scoring a hat-trick against the mighty Luxembourg and drawing a blank in Warsaw, Alan Shearer marked his return to the League with another goaless display, as Bobby Robson's Newcastle lost 1-0 at Chelsea.

Just a super sub? Michael Owen still can't get a start. He was on the bench for the fourth time running yesterday.

What about me? If Kevin Keegan needs a player on red-hot form, he should look no further than Liverpool's Jamie Carragher. He scored two cracking goals yesterday. Both past his own keeper, though.

There's still hope: "We're still on the dance floor," said Bobby Robson. Oh really?