Tuesday 22 July 2014
West Bromwich Albion made it three pre-season friendly wins in a row as Graham Dorrans penalty proved the difference between the two sides in California.
Dorrans made no mistake from the spot after Victor Anichebe had been brought down in the area on 13 minutes by Nemanja Vukovic, but it was a hard-earned victory for Alan Irvine's side, who were indebted to a string of fine saves by goalkeeper Boaz Myhill in a match that was played against the colourful backdrop of the California State Fair.
But the Baggies, missing injured players Gareth McAuley (calf), Joleon Lescott (calf), James Morrison (knee), Chris Brunt (groin) and Craig Dawson (thigh), held on for the narrow win despite the 82nd-minute dismissal of summer signing Craig Gardner, for a second bookable offence.
Manager Alan Irvine will be hoping some of the injured players will be able to make an appearance in a re-match with the same side on Friday.
"It was always going to be a tough test because they’re right in the middle of their season,” he told www.wba.co.uk. "Sacramento have played a lot of games and are obviously at their peak."
West Bromwich Albion: Myhill; O'Neil, Baird, Olsson (D Daniels, 81), Pocognoli; Gardner, Mulumbu, Yacob, Dorrans; Berahino, Anichebe (Roofe, 77).
Robbie Brady and George Boyd each scored twice as Hull City began their pre-season friendly schedule with a comfortable victory over Harrogate Town at the CNG Stadium.
Boyd opened the scoring midway through the first half, when he lobbed goalkeeper Phil Barnes after a one-two with Yannick Sagbo, while Brady curled a right-footed shot into the top corner three minutes before half-time.
Calum Jahraldo-Martin made it 3-0 with a wonderful left-footed strike, before Brady doubled his tally after another assist from Sagbo and Boyd rounded off the scoring after being teed up by Brady.
Hull City: Harper (Jakupovic 45), Elmohamady,Dudgeon,Bruce (Aimson 57), McShane, Brady, Meyler, Huddlestone (Topliss 75), Sagbo, Jahraldo-Martin (Margetts 65), Boyd.
Hull City were held to a draw by North Ferriby United as the Barclays Premier League side started their summer programme with simultaneous matches against local opposition.
Mark Gray's header cancelled out Shane Long's penalty at the Eon Visual Media Stadium in a match in which Tom Ince and Robert Snodgrass enjoyed their first-team debuts.
City broke the deadlock six minutes into the second half when Long was fouled inside the box and he picked himself up to beat Adam Nicklin from 12 yards, and Ferriby had the chance to quickly level, only for Nathan Jarman to miss his spot-kick at the opposite end a minute later.
City passed up a glit-edged chance to win the Billy Bly Trophy when Snodgrass shot over from Ince's pin-point cross and so both sides had to content themselves with a share of the spoils.
Hull City: McGregor, Rosenior, Chester, Davies, Townsend, Snodgrass (Dixon 89), Livermore, Quinn, Ince, Aluko, Long (Ter Horst 85)
Jos Hooiveld scored the only goal of the match as Southampton overcame Swindon Town at the County Ground.
In his first appearance for Southampton on English soil, new signing Graziano Pelle looked lively against the League One side and almost opened the scoring on nine minutes after a lovely turn of pace from Nathaniel Clyne, who returned to the side after missing out on the tour of Holland with a groin injury.
Clyne hared away from his marker before delivering a cross for Pelle, who headed wide under pressure and soon afterwards Pelle linked up with Clyne again only for Clyne's effort to be thwarted by Wes Foderingham.
Southampton scored six minutes after the interval when Hooiveld connected with James Ward-Prowse's outswinging corner, and, although they might have beaten Foderingham again moments later, Saints had to settle for the one goal as Ward-Prowse headed substitute Emmanuel Mayuka's cross over the bar.
Southampton: Davis (Gazzaniga 46), Clyne (Chambers 62), Fonte (Yoshida 62), Hooiveld (Turnbull 62), Targett (McCarthy), Ward-Prowse (Stephens 62), Cork (Flannigan 62), Reed (Sharp 62), Isgrove (Sinclair 62), McQueen (Mayuka 46), Pelle (Gallagher 62).