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Jack Rodwell on target for Toffees

Everton continued their pre-season preparations with a comfortable 2-0 friendly win over Australian side Melbourne Heart on Wednesday.

Jack Rodwell and Louis Saha were both on target as the Merseysiders won for the second time on their tour Down Under following their weekend defeat of Sydney FC.

Saha fired an early penalty wide before Rodwell turned home a Seamus Coleman cross after 34 minutes. The Frenchman made amends for his miss by making the result safe on the hour with a strike from the edge of the box.

Manager David Moyes handed debuts to Jermaine Beckford and Joao Silva while Australian World Cup midfielder Tim Cahill played his last game before beginning a belated summer break.

Martin Petrov scored a debut goal as Bolton began their North American tour with a 3-0 victory over the Charlotte Eagles. Former Manchester City winger Petrov moved to Bolton this summer and fired in the team's third goal in the pre-season friendly.

Gary Cahill headed the opening goal in the eighth minute but was substituted shortly before half-time due to an injury worry, and striker Johan Elmander doubled the lead in the 50th minute before Petrov completed the scoring after 80 minutes.

Manager Owen Coyle praised Petrov and Robbie Blake, the former Burnley forward who also made his Bolton bow. "Martin Petrov is a top player and Robbie's touch in the first half was exquisite, bringing others into play,'' Coyle told Bolton's website.

Celtic slipped to a 1-0 defeat against the Philadelphia Union in the opening match of their North American tour. Midfielder Joe Ledley made his debut for the club as a second-half substitute, following his move from Cardiff, while fellow new arrival Charlie Mulgrew also featured off the bench but then had to be replaced after suffering a cut above his right eye.

The decisive goal came in the 23rd minute when Eduardo Coudet played in French forward Sebastien Le Toux who went past Celtic's American goalkeeper Dominic Cervi before slotting the ball into the net. Neil Lennon's side continue their tour with a match against Manchester United on Friday.

Fulham began life after Roy Hodgson with an emphatic 5-0 hammering of Brentford at Griffin Park.

The Cottagers put in a confident performance in their first fixture since Hodgson swapped Craven Cottage for Anfield, with American Eddie Johnson and Zoltan Gera among their best performers.

Fulham were without their World Cup players and injured Andy Johnson, but still named a relatively strong line-up for the match, which doubled up as the testimonial for Bees skipper Kevin O'Connor, and goals from Chris Baird, Damien Duff, David Elm, Johnson and Simon Davies sealed a big win.

West Ham began their pre-season with a 2-1 victory over npower League One side Peterborough at London Road. Teenage midfielder Anthony Edgar scored the winner after Carlton Cole's opener, set up by new signing Thomas Hitzlsperger, had been cancelled out by Dave Hibbert.

The 19-year-old Edgar, who is the cousin of England striker Jermain Defoe, took his 65th-minute goal well after picking up the ball 30 yards out and bursting through the Posh defence before picking his spot.

Elsewhere, relegated Hull thumped East Yorkshire neighbours North Ferriby 6-0 while fellow Championship side Scunthorpe won 5-1 at Brigg Town. Coventry were held to a goalless draw by non-league Nuneaton.

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