Sunday 21 July 2013
Aston Villa drew their fourth match in succession as they stepped up their pre-season preparations with a four-goal affair at Wycombe.
Villa twice rallied from a goal down as Matt Lowton, with a precise header, and Ashley Westwood, with an improvised free-kick, celebrated their new contracts with goals.
The visitors fell behind on 10 minutes when Marvin McCoy's cross surprised Brad Guzan by dipping over him and under the bar but were level midway through the half when Lowton sent Leandro Bacuna's right-wing cross back across goal and in.
Wycombe reclaimed the lead when Leon Johnson headed in from close range, but Westwood responded seven minutes after the interval with a low, 20-yard free-kick. On the hour-mark every player, apart from substitute Graham Burke, was replaced as Paul Lambert gave as many players as possible, including 17-year-old Jack Grealish, valuable match time.
Crystal Palace got their pre-season programme off to a winning start by overcoming Dagenham and Redbridge 2-1 at Victoria Road.
Ian Holloway's side dominated the match for large periods and achieved their win thanks to goals by Atdhe Nuhiu and Owen Garvan.
In an open game Palace took the lead on 34 minutes when two trialists combined, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie latching on to Kevin Phillips's pass to set up Nuhiu with a deep cross from the right.
Palace doubled their lead when Quade Taylor, played through another trialist, Eliot Grandin, who was felled by Afolabi Obafemi and Garvan converted the spot-kick. Alhough the hosts responded through Medy Elito's penalty after Zavron Hines had been fouled by Taylor, the Eagles held on for a narrow win.
Fulham rounded off their tour of Costa Rica with a penalty shootout victory over Deportivo Saprissa.
In a match attended by the Cottagers' new chairman Sahid Khan, Hugo Rodallega proved the star of the show, setting up a goal, scoring another and converting the winning spot-kick.
The visitors had to rally from a goal down after David Ramirez finished off a powerful run with the opening goal and they did so when Bryan Ruiz, captaining the side in the absence of Brede Hangeland and Dimitar Berbatov, scored his third goal in as many matches.
Fulham took the lead six minutes before half-time when Rodallega headed in Buomesca Na Bangna's fine cross, but a piece of individual brilliance from Diego Estrada after the break forced the shootout.
Giorgos Karagounis, Ruiz, Riether and Ashkan Dejagah had already scored from 12 yards when Ariel Rodriguez blazed Saprissa's penalty over the bar, leaving Rodallega to decide the contest.
Hull City, who have been preparing for their return to the Barclays Premier League at a training camp in Portugal, shared a goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday in Albufeira.
In a game of few obvious chances, Hull, who gave new loan signing Danny Graham a half-hour run-out, edged proceedings, with Roberto Koren producing their best effort on target. Steve Bruce's side were indebted to his son Alex for denying Jermaine Johnson with a goal-line clearance.
Liverpool continued their pre-season tour with a routine victory over an Indonesia XI, as Steven Gerrard made his return from a shoulder injury.
Like last week, when Liverpool beat Preston North End 4-0, Felipe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling were both on the scoresheet as Brendan Rodgers ran out comfortable winners.
Gerrard was awarded his first start since undergoing shoulder surgery prior to the end of last season, while new signings Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet all featured from the off.
It was Coutinho, a January signing from Inter Milan, who broke the deadlock after just 10 minutes after latching on to his own pass, which had ricocheted off a defender, while Alberto was unlucky to his 20-yard effort cannon back off the crossbar.
In the second half, when Gerrard was replaced by Joe Allen and Jack Robinson came on for Jose Enrique, Sterling, one of 10 second-half substitutes, also struck the bar, but made amends for his miss with a late goal.
Newcastle United suffered their first defeat of pre-season as they were beaten by Portuguese side Rio Ave.
The Magpies found themselves three goals behind with just 26 minutes played, as Ahmed Hassan scored twice and midfielder Braga added a third. Alan Pardew's charges improved after the interval, with Shola Ameobi finding the net, but the visitors had substitute goalkeeper Rob Elliot to thank for saving Sandro Lima's late penalty.
Norwich City slipped to a narrow defeat at the Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday as Earthquakes shook Chris Hughton’s side with an early goal.
The hosts never looked back after taking the lead when Cordell Cato intercepted a Russell Martin backpass to produce the only goal of the game on seven minutes.
Hughton gave debuts to new signings Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Leroy Fer but the Major Leage Soccer side's mid-season sharpness proved the telling factor on a balmy night in San Jose.
A second-half hat-trick by Guly was the highlight of a high-scoring match as Southampton routed Spanish side Palamos.
Mauricio Pochettino's side led by three first-half goals scored by Adam Lallana, Jason Puncheon and Morgan Schneiderlin, before Guly struck with a 10-minute treble. Jay Rodriguez's penalty on the hour and Luke Shaw's deflected strike five minutes from the end crowned a dominant display by the visitors.
A youthful West Bromwich Albion XI completed a 2-1 victory over Football Conference Premier Division outfit Hereford United.
Barclays Under-21 Premier League regulars Alex Jones and Wes Atkinson were on target for the Baggies after Hereford had taken a first-half lead at Edgar Street.
West Ham United's unbeaten pre-season friendly sequence was broken on Saturday as they began their tour of Germany with a heavy defeat at Mainz.
Joe Cole gave his side hope of a recovery by responding to quickfire first-half goals by Danni Shahin and Nicolai Muller when sweeping in Ricardo Vaz Te's header, but Shawn Parker's penalty and Sebastian Polter's volley sealed the Hammers' fate.