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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul 22, 2008

Friendly wrap: Barry booed, Walcott on target

Wantaway midfielder Gareth Barry was booed throughout the hour he played in Aston Villa's 3-2 victory over Walsall at the Bescot Stadium.

The England international has made it clear he wants to leave the club, with Liverpool his preferred destination, and he was fined and told to stay away from training earlier this month for criticising manager Martin O'Neill.

Barry has since returned for pre-season preparations and was included from the start against Walsall, who took the lead through Alex Nicholls in the 42nd minute.

Shaun Maloney equalised with a 62nd-minute free-kick but trialist Patrick Suffo, the former Sheffield United striker, made it 2-1 to the home side with a low drive.

Maloney levelled again from close range with 10 minutes remaining before Wayne Routledge volleyed home the winner four minutes from time.

Theo Walcott responded to Arsene Wenger's call to arms but Arsenal could only draw 1-1 with Hungarian outfit Szombathelyi Haladas at the Haladas VSE Stadium.

The hosts took a deserved lead in the 25th minute when former Hungary international striker Krisztian Kenesei broke through a static Gunners defence and chipped delicately over the on-rushing Manuel Almunia.

Justin Hoyte believed he had hooked the ball clear on the line but he was over-ruled by the assistant referee.

To rub salt into the defender's wounds, he then sliced a volley over from five yards just minutes later with the goal gaping.

But Arsenal equalised in the 42nd minute when Walcott - urged by manager Wenger to stake his claim for a regular place this season - rifled the ball home.

The former Southampton forward collected Nicklas Bendtner's short pass and, from a position to the right of goal, slammed an 18-yard low shot across the goalkeeper and into the back of the net off the far post.

An inexperienced Arsenal team struggled create chances after the break although Gael Clichy fired a free-kick narrowly over with 12 minutes left.

Wigan slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in their second of three pre-season friendlies in Austria.

They fell behind when Greece midfielder Ioannis Amanatidis converted Christoph Spycher's cross in the 16th minute.

Worse was to follow five minutes before half-time when Titus Bramble, standing on the goalline, could not prevent Markus Steinhofer's effort from the edge of the penalty area finding the net.

New signings Daniel de Ridder and Olivier Kapo both featured, the Dutch winger playing an hour with the Frenchman coming on for the last 30 minutes.

Premier League newcomers Stoke were defeated by a solitary strike from Greek star Angelos Charisteas in their friendly against FC Nurnberg in Stainach, Austria.

The 28-year old, who scored the winning goal in the Euro 2004 final against Portugal, clinically fired past Steve Simonsen just after the half-hour.

Goalkeeper Simonsen produced a number of saves to keep the German side, relegated from the Bundesliga, at bay.

Glenn Whelan and Jon Parkin went closest for Tony Pulis' side, while new £5.5million striker Dave Kitson had a lively 45 minutes before being replaced at half-time.

Phil Jagielka's header proved to be enough for Everton to beat Preston in tonight's pre-season friendly at Deepdale.

Striker Andrew Johnson, who has been the subject of much transfer speculation, was absent from the squad but on the field Jagielka struck after just nine minutes when he headed home 16-year-old Jose Baxter's corner.

Mikel Arteta made an appearance as a second-half substitute as Everton held their lead for a first pre-season victory after previous defeats to FC Sion and Cambridge.

Hull eased to a 3-0 victory at Chesterfield with goals from Geovanni, Dean Windass and Caleb Folan.

Peter Halmosi, a £2million signing from Plymouth last week, started the game but it was another newcomer in the form of Brazilian Geovanni who opened the scoring from close range on the half hour.

Halmosi created the second just before half-time when he crossed for veteran striker Windass to tap in with Folan heading home the third in the 78th minute.

Late goals from Kim Do-Heon and James Morrison earned West Brom a 2-2 draw in tonight's pre-season friendly at Shrewsbury.

Grant Holt opened the scoring for the hosts four minutes after half-time when he stretched to stab home past Dean Kiely.

In the 65th minute, Holt grabbed his second, converting a cross from Ben Davies.

However, Kim's 25-yard strike got the Baggies back in it and seven minutes from time Morrison pounced on a loose ball to drill in the equaliser off a post from just outside the area.

Moses Ashikodi scored twice as Coca-Cola Championship side Watford beat Boreham Wood 3-1 in tonight's pre-season friendly.

Ashikodi, introduced as a substitute on the hour, scored in the 74th and 85th minutes, with Lawrence Hunter getting the third two minutes from time.

Arron Davies, Lewis McGugan and Nathan Tyson were all on the scoresheet as Nottingham Forest came from behind to beat Burton Albion 3-1.

Norwich beat Falkenbergs 3-0 as the Canaries brought their five-day tour to Sweden to an end.

Darel Russel's header opened the scoring in the fourth minute before Lee Croft (42) and Jamie Cureton completed the victory.

Plymouth had to come from behind to draw 1-1 with German side Furth in Laufen.

Argyle trailed to Ivo Ilicevic's deflected goal just before half-time but Damien McCrory equalised in the 77th minute.

Sheffield Wednesday ran out 4-1 winners at MK Dons as goals from Deon Burton (two), Etienne Esajas and Jermaine Johnson overturned Florian Sturm's third-minute opener.

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