Wednesday 23 July 2014
New signings Ben Hamer and Marc Albrighton made their Leicester City debuts as the Foxes' pre-season programme got off to a winning start at the New Manor Ground.
"It's about a fitness exercise"
Captain Wes Morgan kicked off the scoring on 34 minutes before Chris Wood doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time. City made 11 changes at the break and last season's top scorer David Nugent added two more, with Academy graduate Tom Hopper and a Laurie Wilson own goal completing the scoring.
"It's about a fitness exercise," manager Nigel Pearson told www.lcfc.com. "And it's a first outing for all the players out there in a competitive situation and it's nice to get them all though 45 minutes each, but there's still a large portion of pre-season remaining.
"It's not necessarily about the fashion in which you win. We want the players to apply themselves correctly and I think they did tonight, so all in all a good first run out, but that's all it is."
Leicester City first-half XI: Schmeichel, Pearson, Konchesky, James, Morgan, Sesay, Barmby, Taylor-Fletcher, Wood, King, Albrighton
Leicester City second-half XI: Hamer, De Laet, Schlupp, Wasilewski, Moore, Watson, Drinkwater, Hammond, Knockaert, Nugent, Hopper
Newcastle United opened up their pre-season tour of New Zealand with a comfortable victory in Dunedin in a match that honoured two Magpies fans who lost their lives last week.
John Alder and Liam Sweeney were on their to New Zealand to watch their team when they were involved in the Malaysia Airlines tragedy and Newcastle paid tribute by wearing black armbands and memorial warm-up T-shirts, as well as holding a minute's silence and laying wreaths on the empty seats that the two supporters would have filled.
"Everybody has been really nice to me and made me feel very welcome"
"We started with a very strong side, particularly in memory of John and Liam - I thought that was only right," Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew told www.nufc.co.uk. "It was important that we paid our respects. John and Liam were not just ordinary fans - they were a little bit special in their support of us.
"They were coming out here to watch us, all the way to New Zealand, and we had to make sure that their memory was in this stadium.”
New signings Siem de Jong and Emmanuel Riviere put the Magpies in control with goals in the first 26 minutes while Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa added a third before the break. Adam Armstrong rounded off the scoring with seven minutes left on the clock.
"I enjoyed my first game - it was good to play with my new team," added Riviere. "It was a good match, we played well and we played as a collective. We won, so that was good for our preparations for the new season.
"I was so tired in the second half but I was very happy with how the game went because it was my first game, and I scored and gave an assist to Siem. I am comfortable here already. Everybody has been really nice to me and made me feel very welcome."
Newcastle United: Elliot; Yanga-Mbiwa, Taylor (Satka 76), Coloccini (Campbell 82), Haidara (Dummett 76); Anita, Colback (Abeid 68); Gouffran (Armstrong 76), De Jong ( Vuckic 46), Aarons (Ameobi 68); Riviere (Perez 55).
Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin scored the decisive goal to earn his side victory in their first pre-season fixture in Germany.
The 25-year-old headed in Joey Barton's quickly taken free-kick midway through the first half to seal the win in a fixture that featured 22 QPR players including seven from the club's development squad.
"I was pleased for the young lads, they did well for us"
"It was a good run out for us," QPR manager Harry Redknapp told www.qpr.co.uk. "We knew they would provide a test for us given they start their season this weekend and that was certainly the case.
"I thought we did OK. I was pleased with the way we played. It's still very early for us in terms of our pre-season. We're working hard in training and the lads did well. Charlie took his goal well and it was a nice quick free-kick from Joey to spot him.
"I was pleased for the young lads, they did well for us. They can only improve from this experience. It will be a good learning curve for them."
QPR first half XI: Green, O'Neil, Dunne, Barton, Austin, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Doughty, Gibbons (Traore 28), Sendles-White, Ehmer.
QPR second half XI: Lumley, Simpson, Traore, Hill, Donaldson, Onuoha, Petrasso, Faurlin, Henry, Zamora, Sutherland.
A Tranmere goal with four minutes to go denied Everton victory in their first pre-season fixture of the summer at Prenton Park.
Steven Naismith opened the scoring on 26 minutes when he finished from close range after latching on to Luke Garbutt's cross before Cole Stockton replied for the hosts.
"It's been a real success in what we wanted to achieve"
Leon Osman looked to have given Everton the win when he scored from a corner on 20 minutes but James Rowe broke through and slotted past Joel Robles for the late equaliser.
"It was a great mixture and we were able to see a lot of youngsters, as well as completing a very fitting exercise for what we are trying to do in pre-season," manager Roberto Martinez told www.evertonfc.com. "Seamus Coleman came off as a precaution because he felt his hamstring slightly. Apart from that it's been a real success in what we wanted to achieve."
Everton first-half XI: Robles, Browning, Garbutt, Duffy, Distin, Lundstram, Barry, Kennedy, McAleny, Pienaar, Naismith.
Everton second-half XI: Robles, Coleman, Hibbert, Alcaraz, Stones, Gibson, McCarthy, Long, Osman, McGeady, Hope.
Sunderland's young players came to the fore at Brunton Park as the Black Cats maintained their winning pre-season form.
Alfred N'Diaye, Connor Wickham and Billy Jones all went close for Sunderland in the first half but the introduction of youth players in the second proved to be the difference.
"It just shows what can happen when they get their chance"
Mikael Mandron scored the winning goal with 19 minutes to go after a neat one-two with Academy player George Honeyman.
"The plan was to give the senior players 60 minutes on the pitch and then give the youngsters the chance to show how much it means to them to be involved in the first team squad," head coach Gus Poyet told www.safc.com.
"They were young, hungry players and after they came on with the game at 0-0 it opened up and there were plenty of chances - credit to [Mikael] Mandron who put the ball in the net.
"It's a great experience for the youngsters. They've travelled with the team and they’'ve been in the dressing room and they've so keen to be involved and it just shows what can happen when they get their chance."
Sunderland (1-60 mins): Mannone, Jones, Diakite (McNamee, 28), Brown, N’Diaye, Cabral, Gomez, Mavrias, Moberg Karlsson (Gooch, 53), Giaccherini, Wickham.
Sunderland (61-90 mins): Dixon, Cartwright, Beadling, McNamee, Robson, Agnew, Smith, Honeyman, Lawson, Gooch, Mandron.
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