Premier League clubs new and old successfully tested their squads ahead of the upcoming season, with the Royals and the Hammers securing wins while the Villans came back late on
AFC Wimbledon 0-7 Reading
Last season's Championship winners Reading ran-out spectacular victors in their pre-season game with AFC Wimbledon, putting seven past their opponents. The Royals' first-half side, which included Danny Guthrie, Hal Robson-Kanu and Ian Harte, dominated from the off but needed a penalty to open the scoring, Adam Le Fondre going straight down the middle after Noel Hunt was fouled in the box.
Approximately 10 minutes later they had a second, Le Fondre doubling his tally after a flowing move involving Kaspars Gorkass, but the Premier League new boys could not add to their lead before the break.
After half-time, though, the visitors' quality shone through. A whole new outfield team later, with Jason Roberts and Nicky Shorey entering the fray, Reading got a third shortly after the re-start via Michail Antonio's header.
That goal triggered a flurry of net finding from Brian McDermott's men, as Simon Church made it 4-0 with another header before he bagged a second after the opposition keeper fumbled Roberts' strike.
A stunning sixth came moments later when Jordan Obita found the net in fantastic style, then, just as Wimbledon thought the riot had calmed, Church completed his hat-trick 12 minutes after scoring his first, making it 7-0 and sealing an emphatic win.
Burton Albion 1-2 Aston Villa
Paul Lambert's side came from a goal down to win 2-1 at the Pirelli Stadium against Burton Albion, although the Premier League side could have scored a lot more. The Scot fielded a few first-team names in his starting line-up for the clash, with Darren Bent, Charles N'Zogbia and Alan Hutton all in the first XI.
However it was the hosts who took the lead early on, with Robert Weir blasting in a screamer from 40 yards, giving Andy Marshall no chance. The Premier League side fought back though, with Bent going close and N'Zogbia and Samir Carruthers looking bright, and they eventually levelled the scores thanks to an own goal from Marc Holness just before the break, Andreas Weimann putting the Burton player under pressure after a Enda Stevens cross.
The Villans fielded a completely different line-up for the start of the second-half, with Gabriel Agbonlahor, Stephen Warnocka and Barry Bannan amongst the experienced XI, with the visitors looking more dangerous after the break.
Bannan was the man who was making most things happen for the Midlands outfit, seeing Warnock smash a volley over after his good work to set the full-back up, before seeing his own two efforts firstly miss the target and then saved well by Dean Lyness.
Villa finally took the lead through Brett Holman, who had also impressed during the second period, with the Australian, signed by former manager Alex McLeish, curling past the Burton keeper with a delightful shot that turned out to be a worthy match-winner.
Southend 0-3 West Ham United
West Ham recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory over Southend at Roots Hall, with Sam Allardyce opting to take a 22-man squad with him, a mixture of youth and experience, and fielding the likes of Ricardo Vaz Te, Kevin Nolan and Jussi Jaaskelainen in his starting line-up.
And it was the newly promoted side who made the better start. Less than a minute in Matthew Taylor forced the Southend keeper into a fine save before Vaz Te also tested the man between the sticks, and generally caused havoc. The next 20 minutes were incredibly one-sided with the London outfit creating all the chances and eventually breaking the deadlock through Nicky Maynard, who headed home from Taylor's perfect delivery.
With Vaz Te, Taylor and Maynard all linking up dangerously and looking likely to further the lead, it was full-back Jordan Spence who doubled the Hammers' scoreline, after a terrific solo effort that started from the halfway line and ended with a fine finish.
Southend made 10 changes for the second half, with the Hammers making just one, and it seemed to have an effect, with West Ham failing to exert the same dominance shown before the break, and then making a number of replacements themselves.
However they did manage a third goal after the hour mark as Sam Baldock continued his good pre-season goalscoring form by pouncing on the loose ball after Southend's keeper failed to hold the initial effort. The Hammers eased their way to full-time, holding on to a good clean sheet and a promising victory ahead of the new season.