Football: Eleven Asides

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Sharp shooters: The fastest goal in England was scored, after 5min 45sec, by Wrexham's Brian Carey in their 3-2 defeat by Stoke. In the Premiership, Lee Bowyer opened Leeds' account on 11 minutes as they beat Newcastle 3-2.

Room for one more? While 55,249 crammed in for Man U's draw with the Saints in the Premiership, a staggering 235 fans cheered Gateshead on as they drew 1-1 with Droylsden, in the Unibond Premier Division.

Regrets, I have a few: Juninho made his first Premiership start since May 1997. The Brazilian may wonder whether losing for Atletico Madrid wasn't better than losing for Boro, 1-0 to Chelsea at home.

What a milestone: "We won't get carried away," said Blackburn manager Brian Kidd after the 2-0 win over Walsall.

It's a funny old world: Just as Newcastle's comeback was ended by Leeds, Alan Shearer's continued as he netted two goals. "Alan's back," Bobby Robson said. Right, hands up if you said he was finished.

Thanks for coming: Andy Myers of Bradford was the first player to be sent off yesterday, for a second yellow card, during their 1-0 win at Derby.

New kit on the block: Manchester United's manager famously blamed his team's grey shirts for their 6-3 defeat by Southampton three years ago. Well, the Saints gained a 3-3 draw in the Devils' back yard yesterday. For the record, the Saints wore black.

One-nil to the Arsenal: Remember those exciting days? Well, they're back after Kanu grabbed a last-gasp winner against Watford to follow last week's 1-0 win at The Dell.

Bad move? Owls manager Danny Wilson, failed to turn up for the post-match press conference to discuss the 1-0 defeat by Sunderland. Eight losses in nine games leaves them without a goal in 517 minutes and at the foot of the table.

Another fine mess: "Mr Winter's performance was beyond belief," said Villa's John Gregory of the referee. "I will probably end up with another fine for that." Probably, so why not keep quiet?

Who needs King Kevin? Not Paul Bracewell, after his Fulham side secured their 12th game without defeat - their best league start since 1958.

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