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Monday, 5 November, 2001, 13:54 GMT
Shearer's Goal of the Week
BBC Sport Online's Goal of the Week is Alan Shearer's volley for Newcastle against Aston Villa.

The former England captain described it as the best goal of his career - and there have been a few.

Certainly Shearer laid to rest any doubts that he can still cut it at the highest level.

His junior partner Craig Bellamy was sent racing down Newcastle's left flank, leading Villa's Turkish defender Alpay a merry dance.

Bellamy checked, fed the ball back and it was helped on to Robert Lee.

Lee - Shearer's oldest and closest friend at St James' Park - knew where his old pal would be and stroked a diagonal right-foot cross into the Villa box.

Alan Shearer after his goal against Aston Villa
Shearer celebrates his goal on Saturday

The master marksman peeled off his marker Alan Wright and met the ball in mid-flight with the side of his right-foot.

It was a goal from the moment it left him - giving Peter Schmeichel no chance as the ball flew into his top right-hand corner.

"It has to be up there as one of the best, if not the best", said the 31-year-old, who was making the 400th league appearance of his career.

Shearer smiled: "I didn't mean to put it in that square of the corner, but the one just beneath it.

"I would have looked a fool if it hadn't gone in, wouldn't I? But you try these things and it came off, so I'm delighted."

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