Saturday 26 July 2014
Southampton stepped up their pre-season preparations with a slender victory over Bournemouth at the Goldsands Stadium.
"I'm over the moon to sign for this club for the next four years"
Lloyd Isgrove won the match with the only goal of the match in the first half as Ronald Koeman’s charges, featuring Artur Boruc, Gaston Ramirez and new signing Dusan Tadic, racked up their fourth win and clean sheet from as many friendlies.
Isgrove struck when he met Nathaniel Clyne’s pinpoint cross with a diving header on 20 minutes, although Saints might have won more comfortably with more clinical finishing. Graziano Pelle and James Ward-Prowse came close before the interval, while Emmanuel Mayuka and Sam McQueen threatened in the second half without extending the visitors’ lead.
In other news promising midfielder Harrison Reed, who played a 30-minute cameo for Saints, marked his 19th birthday by signing a new contract
The England Under-19 international has played in all three of Saints' pre-season friendlies so far this summer, and is hopeful of breaking into Ronald Koeman's first team in the forthcoming campaign.
"I'm over the moon to sign for this club for the next four years," the Southampton Academy graduate told www.saintsfc.co.uk. "I want to be at this football club because it's only going forward and is going to keep pushing on, so I’m already looking forward to the future."
Southampton: Artur Boruc, Nathaniel Clyne, Jose Fonte, Maya Yoshida (Jos Hooiveld, 60), Matt Targett, Steven Davis (Harrison Reed, 60), James Ward-Prowse (Jack Stephens, 76), Gaston Ramirez (Jack Cork, 46), Dusan Tadic (Sam McQueen, 60), Lloyd Isgrove (Emmanuel Mayuka, 76), Graziano Pelle (Sam Gallagher, 76).
An own goal by Ethan White earned Crystal Palace a narrow victory over Philadelphia Union as they ground out their first victory on the club's tour of the United States.
The Eagles might have had more goals to show for their first-half display at PPL Park, but Yannick Bolasie, Joe Ledley and Dwight Gayle all found Philly goalkeeper Andre Blake in inspired form.
There was nothing Blake could do about the visitors' goal, however, when White got up above Marouane Chamakh, to meet Scott Dann's diagonal ball and send a looping header over his goalkeeper into the empty net.
"First half, truthfully, we should have scored quite a few goals and that's not criticising them [Philadelphia] at all, that's [Yannick] Bolasie, [Jason] Puncheon, [Marouane] Chamakh and [Dwight] Gayley all missing really good chances that they should have scored from," manager Tony Pulis told www.cpfc.co.uk. "In the second half we made lots of changes and it was a good work out for us. That's as hot as it's been for the lads as well."
Crystal Palace: Julian Speroni, Joel Ward (Adrian Mariappa, 50), Scott Dann (Paddy McCarthy, 54, Peter Ramage, 65), Damien Delaney, Jerome Williams (Hiram Boateng, 65), Jason Puncheon (Barry Bannan, 54), Mile Jedinak (Stuart O’Keefe 50), Joe Ledley (Jake Gray, 65), Yannick Bolasie (Jerome Thomas, 54), Marouane Chamakh (Adlene Guedioura, 65), Dwight Gayle (Glenn Murray, 50).
Goal: White og
Goals by Saido Berahino, Youssouf Mulumbu and Victor Anichebe ensured West Bromwich Albion ended their pre-season trip to California on a high note as they completed a stylish victory over Sacramento.
Playing in a 4-3-3 formation home-grown striker Berahino volleyed Albion in front with 13 minutes on the clock and the result never looked in doubt at Bonney Field after Youssouf Mulumbu had steered home his second goal in three games on the half-hour mark.
Anichebe netted his second goal of pre-season with a wonderful strike on 62 minutes before JJ Koval – a one-day loan signing from San Jose Earthquakes – scrambled home a consolation for the USL Pro side 17 minutes from time.
"I've been absolutely delighted with Victor and Saido," West Brom's head coach Alan Irvine told www.wba.co.uk. "They’ve been terrific since I came in, both day in and day out in training and also in the games."
West Brom: Ben Foster (Luke Daniels, 46); Andre Wisdom, Craig Dawson (Donervon Daniels, 69), Jonas Olsson (Adil Nabi, 83), Sebastien Pocognoli; Chris Baird (Wesley Atkinson, 85), Claudio Yacob (Liam O'Neil, 46), Youssouf Mulumbu; Saido Berahino (Kemar Roofe, 63), Victor Anichebe, Graham Dorrans (Bradley Garmston, 67).
Goals: Berahino, Mulumbu, Anichebe
West Ham United succumbed to their second straight defeat on their pre-season tour of New Zealand with a disappointing reverse against Sydney FC in Wellington.
The loss comes in the wake of the Hammers' defeat by Wellington Phoenix and against a side who were beaten 4-0 by Newcastle United four days ago, and compounds a difficult few days for the club after learning that striker Andy Carroll will be out for four months with an ankle injury that requires surgery.
Alex Brosque's strike and a brace by Corey Gameiro did the damage on behalf of the A-League side, after Matt Jarvis had briefly reduced the arrears for Sam Allardyce's side with a 50th-minute shot that deflected off Sydney captain Nikola Petkovic and over goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic.
West Ham United: Adrian (Sam Howes, 81), Guy Demel (Aaron Cresswell, 13), Joey O'Brien (Danny Potts, 72), Winston Reid, James Collins, Mark Noble (Danny Whitehead, 68), Mohamed Diame (Diego Poyet, 68), Kevin Nolan, Stewart Downing (Mathias Fanimo, 81), Matt Jarvis(Ricardo Vaz Te, 59), Carlton Cole (Mauro Zarate, 46).