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Thursdays pre-season friendlies all end 1-0, with wins for the Toffees and the Potters but defeat for Martin O'Neill's Black Cats and Steve Clark's Baggies

Malmo 1-0-West Brom

Steve Clarke’s first game as West Brom boss ended in defeat as Malmo hung on for the win after Alex Nilsson scored early on.

Yassine El Ghanassy made his debut for the club in a brief 20 minute spell towards the end of the match.

Experienced players such as Ben Foster, Chris Brunt and Zoltan Gera were left out, with the game also coming too early for Euro 2012 trio of Simon Cox, Shane Long and Jonas Olsson, meaning it was a youthful side that took to the field.

Once the Scandinavian team took the lead it was up to the Baggies to go and break them down, but Malmo held tight, despite lengthy spells of pressure from the visitors.

The half-chances they did create fell to Graham Dorrans, Liam Ridgewell and Saido Berahino, but keeper Viktor Noring proved a tough nut to crack.

FC Sion 0-1 Stoke

Matthew Etherington scored a penalty to give stoke a well deserved win in Switzerland, despite FC Sion being three weeks ahead of Stoke in terms of pre-season preparations.

The visitors were always in control, with Asmir Begovic only called into action once, when Vasha Bullnet thought he had scored in the first half.

Kenwyne Jones proved too much to handle for Sion defender Jose Goncalves, who handled the ball to concede the penalty just before half-time.

Etherington was composed as he tucked the ball into the top right-hand corner from the spot to give the Premier League side a half-time lead.

Manager Tony Pulis started arguably his strongest side, but did make nine changes after the break, with only Carlo Nash, Mamady Sidibe and Jamie Ness not featuring.

Both sides were limited to very few opportunities, but it was Cameron Jerome who nearly added a second when his curling shot was somehow denied by the keeper.

Seongnam 1-0 Sunderland

Sunderland’s first pre-season game ended in defeat as they struggled to build any momentum against Korean side Seongnam.

The hosts, already half way through their season in the K-League, were always going to have the upper hand in terms of fitness, but Martin O’Neill will not be too worried about the outcome as his team still strives to reach full fitness before the start of the season.

Everton Santos missed a number of chances for the hosts before finally slotting past keeper Simon Mignolet on the half hour mark.

Sunderland went close through Kieran Richardson and Connor Wickham, who both were denied by the post, but it was really the home side who played the better football in the game.

Carlos Cuellar made his debut for the Black Cats and looked assured in defence, having joined O'Neill from Aston Villa in the summer.

Sunderland only used four substitutes in the game, which perhaps played into their downfall as temperatures reached 28 degrees with humidity at 90%.

Dundee United 0-1 Everton

Everton continued their good pre-season form with a 1-0 win over Dundee United.

The game was verging on being a dull 0-0 draw, but with three minutes remaining Ross Barkley found the back of the net with a strong header.

David Moyes fielded an experienced team with Tim Howard, Tony Hibbert, Phil Neville, Sylvain Distin, Marouane Fellaini and Jack Rodwell all featuring.

The visitors nearly went behind, but Howard, returning from international duty, made a sharp save to keep the scores level.

Seamus Coleman and Leon Osman looked lively but Dundee held firm to shut the Toffees out and limit them to half chances.

However, it was Coleman who provided the spark Everton had been looking for, as the 23-year-old provided the run and cross for Barkley to win the game.

Moyes will be satisfied that the home side proved a tough test for his team, who had to work for the victory.

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