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By ESPN Staff
Aug 1, 2007

Friendlies: Sven up to old tricks in City win

Shrewsbury 0-2 Man City

Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is looking to add to his squad and it is easy to see why as the Premier League side struggled to overcome their League Two rivals.

The Swede took a good look at the players at his disposal by fielding different teams in each half at the New Meadow.

With the possibility of four more additions to his squad, he appears ready to shuffle his pack and allow players to leave.

Striker Valeri Bojinov is scheduled to arrive from Fiorentina and join fellow Bulgarian Martin Petrov at Eastlands.

There is also speculation that defenders Javi Garrido and Vedran Corluka are also about to come on board from Real Sociedad and Dinamo Zagreb as well as midfielder Elano from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Petrov, a £4.7million buy from Atletico Madrid, made his bow in this friendly and looked quick and strong.

New signings Rolando Bianchi, Gelson Fernandes and Geovanni were also in from the start.

Geovanni rattled the crossbar in the 21st minute from 25 yards but a minute later Shrewsbury almost opened the scoring when Michael Symes flicked a header wide.

Petrov was involved in the 38th minute but saw his shot blocked by goalkeeper Glynn Garner after a neat one-two with Bianchi.

City nearly made the breakthrough in the 40th minute following a delicate chip from Stephen Ireland but Garner tipped his effort over the top.

Petrov miskicked in front of goal a minute before the break and the ball fell to Bianchi, whose effort was blocked by Neil Ashton.

Georgios Samaras could have earned a few plaudits in the 50th minute only to see his weak effort saved by Garner.

Then Corradi headed wide for City following a corner from Ousmane Dabo two minutes later.

Corradi, however, made the breakthrough with a header in the 82nd minute and Paul Dickov added a second goal with a shot into the corner on the stroke of full-time.

Hull 1-0 Newcastle

Dean Marney's first-half strike settled a tame affair in Hull's favour in a pre-season friendly at the KC Stadium.

Marney struck five minutes before the interval with a shot from 22 yards as the Tigers showed more bite against a young Newcastle side to let manager Phil Brown get one over his former mentor Sam Allardyce.

It was a less than convincing display from Newcastle just 10 days before the Premier League season opener against Allardyce's former club Bolton, while Hull looked more lively, particularly in the first half.

Left-back Andy Dawson fired wide before striker Stephen McPhee failed to take advantage of indecision in the visitors' defence.

Obafemi Martins had Newcastle's first attempt of note, his weak left-foot shot from 20 yards hitting the target as he tumbled off balance.

Boaz Myhill palmed away an Andy Carroll header from a corner before Geremi found Martins with a ball over the top but the Nigerian striker could not control and Myhill collected.

Marney ghosted through the Newcastle defence only to see his right-foot effort saved by Steve Harper but a minute later the winger put the Tigers in front.

Ian Ashbee's free-kick was floated to the edge of the area where Damien Delaney teed-up Marney, who hit a first-time right-foot shot which nestled in the bottom corner.

Harper blocked Delaney's header from Dawson's corner while Sam Ricketts hit the bar in the dying moments with a rasping drive as Hull earned a deserved win.

Galway 0-4 Sunderland

Sunderland completed their pre-season tour of Ireland on a high note with a comfortable victory over Galway.

Michael Chopra opened the scoring after just six minutes, latching onto a pass from Dickson Etuhu to confidently volley over the advancing Gary Rogers.

Kieran Richardson grabbed his first goal for the club since signing from Manchester United, cutting in from the left wing to fire home 10 minutes into the second half.

Manager Roy Keane made numerous changes in the second half and substitute Stern John set up David Connolly for the third before Connolly returned the favour as John side-footed home the visitor's fourth.

Bolton 3-0 Espanyol

Bolton enjoyed a comfortable victory over last season's UEFA Cup finalists Espanyol in front of only 6,507 fans at the Reebok Stadium.

Portugal Under-21 star Ricardo Vaz Te grabbed a brace, heading home in the 21st minute before doubling the advantage five minutes before the break after collecting Kevin Davies' flick.

Veteran Gary Speed headed a third in the 85th minute from Nicolas Anelka's free-kick.

Stoke 0-2 Aston Villa

Patrik Berger and Gabriel Agbonlahor scored a goal apiece as Aston Villa won 2-0 at Stoke tonight.

The former Czech international, who had a spell on loan in the Potteries last season, fired Villa in front in the first half.

Agbonlahor, on as a substitute, doubled the lead 13 minutes from time.

Leyton Orient 2-4 Tottenham

Manager Martin Jol's attacking intent paid dividends as a Tottenham side featuring Robbie Keane, Darren Bent and Dimitar Berbatov secured victory at Brisbane Road.

In front of a 9,126 crowd, Orient took the lead through Adam Boyd.

But Keane scored twice before Bent and substitute Jermain Defoe turned the game on its head.

Efe Echanomi pulled a late goal back for the home side.