Wednesday 31 July 2013
Papiss Cisse made a scoring return as Newcastle United sealed a comfortable victory over St Mirren.
The Senegalese international, who has been out of first-team action so far this summer, fired the visitors ahead with a fine effort, receiving a return pass from Sammy Ameobi before sending a delightful curling shot past David Cornell and into the top corner.
Defender Matthieu Debuchy then doubled the Magpies' lead midway through the opening period, firing low past Cornell after being put clean through by Vurnon Anita.
The impressive Dan Gosling and Cisse threatened throughout and both might have produced a greater winning margin but manager Alan Pardew will have been encouraged by the display.
After returning from their tour of the United States, Norwich City resumed their pre-season schedule with a draw against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.
Canaries manager Chris Hughton named new signings Ricky van Wolfwinkel, Leroy Fer and Nathan Redmond in his starting line-up to face Brighton but it was Jonny Howson who got on the scoresheet for the visitors, giving them the lead on 27 minutes after being picked out by Redmond's cross.
Brighton equalised with eight minutes of the game remaining thanks to a spectacular 25-yard strike by Solly March that arrowed into the top corner.
Cardiff City conceded a last-minute goal as they suffered defeat at Griffin Park.
Kim Bo-Kyung, who scored against Cheltenham Town three days earlier, put the Bluebirds in front with an early header and set up Fraizer Campbell to extend the lead before the quarter-hour mark.
However, the hosts rallied through on-loan Everton forward Conor McAleny before half-time and two minutes after the interval McAleny, who shone for the Toffees in last season's Barclays Under-21 Premier League, levelled the match. Substitute Paul Hayes grabbed Brentford's winner in the dying moments.