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Monday 29 July 2013

Friendly round-up: Ameobi on target for Newcastle

Magpies overcome Blackpool; Fulham lose in Germany; Swansea defeat Reading

  • Shola Ameobi scored the winner in Newcastle's win over Blackpool

  • Goalscorer Jonjo Shelvey in action for Swansea against Reading

  • Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho impressed in the win over Thailand

Blackpool 0-1 Newcastle United

Shola Ameobi continued his summer goalscoring form with the winner in the victory at Bloomfield Road.

The 31-year-old fired into the far corner from an angle with less than five minutes gone for his third goal in as many pre-season friendlies.

The visitors controlled the first half, with Sylvain Marveaux, Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko all having chances, only for Blackpool to respond after the break with Thomas Ince to the fore.

"Blackpool's season starts next week, so that was them pretty much ready to go in the Championship," Magpies goalkeeper Rob Elliot told the club's website. "Towards the end they put a bit of pressure on us but I thought in the first 45 minutes especially, we showed a difference in class.

"We made a great start and I thought the way we kept the ball and dominated the game bodes well for the season ahead."

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Werder Bremen 1-0 Fulham

Martin Jol's men slipped to their first loss of the summer as they were defeated by the Bundesliga outfit at the Weser-Stadion on Sunday.

Bremen took control of the contest early on and new Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg was called upon to deny both Aaron Hunt and Sebastien Prodl.

Fulham did have more possession in the second half but the hosts scored the decisive goal on 55 minutes when Nils Petersen stroked the ball into the empty net after a defensive lapse.

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Reading 0-3 Swansea City

The Swans warmed up for their UEFA Europa League third qualifying round tie against Malmo on Thursday with a comfortable win in their final pre-season friendly.

Michu's deflected strike put The Swans ahead before new signing Wilfried Bony created second-half goals for Jonjo Shelvey and Pablo Hernandez.

"It was a good win for us. It was a step forward against a good side who are one of the favourites to get back to the Premier League," manager Michael Laudrup told the club's website. "Winning here, scoring goals and not conceding was very important for us.

"We can still improve – especially without the ball. We need to talk a little more, sometimes we were running around too much in the first half. But we will work on that."

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FC Dallas 0-1 Stoke City

Potters manager Mark Hughes was satisfied with a job well done after his side claimed their first victory of pre-season in Texas.

Jonathan Walters scored the only goal of the contest, finishing off nicely following some impressive build-up work while Cameron Jerome had his second-half penalty saved by goalkeeper Raul Fernandez.

"On a number of occasions we got good passing movements and good patterns going, and the goal was a good finish too," Hughes told the club's website. "It's encouraging that we are trying to get the ball down and pass and move, and create space in the opposition penalty box.

"We are still getting used to the patterns of play, but I think we have got good players and that is evident in the two games we have played."

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Thailand National Team 0-3 Liverpool

Liverpool ended their summer tour in style as they ran out winners at the Rajamangala National Stadium.

Philippe Coutinho put Liverpool ahead on 16 minutes when he slotted into the bottom corner after displaying some nimble footwork before turning provider for new signing Igor Aspas to score his third goal of the summer.

Aspas then provided the pass for the final goal with Steven Gerrard dinking the ball over the goalkeeper on the hour mark.

"We're in a good moment at this stage," manager Brendan Rodgers told the club's website. "It was another step up in our fitness level and our football fitness against a side who play the game tactically really well."

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Birmingham City 2-1 Hull City

Hull City suffered their first defeat of pre-season as they lost on a warm afternoon in the Midlands.

Matt Green's header opened the scoring for the hosts on 12 minutes but Robbie Brady, Robert Koren and Stephen Quinn all had chances as Hull came back into the match before half-time.

Birmingham doubled their lead just after the break, however, when Andrew Shinnie took advantage of a mix-up in the Hull City defence.

Hull did get a goal back on 75 minutes when Sone Aluko converted from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the area but despite opportunities for Aluko, Nick Proschwitz and Alex Bruce, the visitors could not claim the equaliser.

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Blackburn Rovers 1-3 Everton

Nikica Jelavic scored two second-half goals to give Everton victory in their last match before travelling to the United States for the International Champions Cup.

Kevin Mirallas put the Toffees ahead on 25 minutes with a shot that deflected in off Grant Hanley.

Jelavic came on at half-time for his first pre-season appearance and he soon made an impact, heading in smartly from eight-yards from Steven Pienaar's cross. He then made it three with a left-foot shot at the second attempt, while Blackburn scored a late consolation through Scott Dann.

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Eintracht Braunschweig 0-3 West Ham United

Modibo Maiga scored twice to help West Ham end their Germany tour with victory at the Eintracht Stadion.

The opening goal came about in bizarre circumstances when the ball looped in from 30 yards out when it was hit against Maiga by Ermin Bicakcic. The second goal arrived in more conventional circumstances, Maiga crossing the ball in from the right for Mohamed Diame to back heel under the goalkeeper.

Maiga then made it three just before half-time when he latched on to a wayward back pass.

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Crawley Town 3-0 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway said he was disappointed with his side's performance as they were beaten by League One's Crawley Town.

Palace started brightly with Damien Delaney and Stephen Dobbie going close only for Crawley to take the lead through Billy Clarke. Sergio Torres and Mat Sadler completed the scoring with goals in the final 17 minutes.

"These games for us at this stage of our build up are a training session but it was one that left me very disappointed in respect of our performance and was not typical of a Crystal Palace team that goes out to represent this club," Holloway told the club's website.

"They are well ahead of us in pre-season preparation as their season starts next week and it looked that way."

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Cheltenham Town 1-1 Cardiff City

New Cardiff signing John Brayford came off the bench to make his first appearance for his new team as they drew at Whaddon Road.

The home side had the better of the opening exchanges and took the lead on 10 minutes through Troy Brown's header.

Cardiff responded and equalised 16 minutes later when Kim Bo Kyung drove a shot into the bottom right hand corner after some fine build-up play on the right from Craig Bellamy.

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Besiktas 1-3 Southampton

Southampton signed off from their training camp in Austria with a come-from-behind victory in Villach.

Saints, without the injured Nathaniel Clyne, went behind on 62 minutes when Muhammed Demirci got hold of the ball in midfield before unleashing a 30-year screamer.

Rickie Lambert pulled a goal back on 75 minutes with a smartly-taken volley while three minutes later, Emmanuel Mayuka put Saints in front with a fine left-footed half-volley.

Lloyd Isgrove wrapped up the victory late on when he scored his first senior goal for the club.

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Derby County 0-2 West Bromwich Albion

Graham Dorrans scored with a superb 25-yard strike to help West Brom claim victory in their first pre-season match back in England following their training camp in Austria.

The midfielder, watched by Scotland boss Gordon Strachan, scored his second goal in as many friendlies to put the Baggies on their way to victory at Pride Park.

Markus Rosenberg added the second in the final minute while goalkeeper Ben Foster made sure of another clean sheet with a fine save to deny Michael Jacobs.

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