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There’s not much we can really add to Darren Bent’s bonus ball winner against Liverpool, is there? We have learned two things from the incident though. Firstly, it shouldn’t have stood. Secondly, Rafa can be very gracious in defeat – maybe it’s all the recent practice he’s had.

Meanwhile Darren Bent’s Twitter feed informed us he has a touch of man flu coming on and could be a doubt this weekend. Well that’s what happens if you go out in Sunderland in October with a beach ball and shorts.

Down in the Championship and Boro sack Gareth Southgate immediately after a 2-0 home win against Derby – imagine what they’d have done if he’d lost? In reality Southgate’s future was sealed on Saturday when the Teessiders were beaten by Watford, their third home league defeat of the season. Nice guy Southgate, good luck to him in the future, but won’t it be great to see Gordon Strachan back?

The play-off draw for 2010 also took place on Monday and there was almost a sense of inevitability that the Republic of Ireland would draw France. Speaking of the World Cup the Germans once again showcased their famed attention to detail as it emerged their players would be forced to wear bulletproof vests if they leave the team hotel. We don’t know why they’re so worried, they never lose shoot-outs anyway.

While sticks and stones (and bullets) can break bones, we thought names could never hurt. Tell that to Harry Potter who popped up in The Sun explaining how his life had been made a misery due to the misfortune of sharing his name with a fictional character. Not only has he received taunts from the general public but one REFEREE even gave him stick! The Respect Campaign should work both ways, wizard or not, in our opinion.

If only he had a fluorescent jacket and worked at Fratton Park – then he could really get some revenge on the Mickey takers.

On to the Blue Square Premier and fans at Chester City (City Fans United) have come together to help their club. City spent two spells in administration over the summer and almost went bust but fans weren’t in a position to help the club who are currently rooted to the foot of the table having started the season on minus 25 points. If the club were to go into administration for a third time City Fans United hope to have the funds to launch an ownership bid.

No matter how much money they manage to pull together though, we doubt they’d want to use it to bid for Milan’s Dida. Check out his absolute howler in the self-proclaimed ‘derby of Europe’ against Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Enjoy the weekend folks.

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