Pre-season round-up: Newcastle put five past Hartlepool as Southampton & Reading snatch draws

Sylvain Marveaux scores a double as the Magpies thrash Neale Cooper's side at Victoria Park while Billy Sharp and Hal Robson-Kanu score late equalisers for the Saints and Royals

 Hartlepool United 1-5 Newcastle United

Newcastle thrashed Hartlepool 5-1 in a pre-season friendly at Victoria Park thanks to a double from Sylvain Marveaux.

The Magpies took the lead in the second minute after a well-worked move down the right culminated in Romain Amalfitano crossing for Shola Ameobi, who made no mistake from two yards.

That lead doubled just a minute later as Marveaux found the net converting Ameobi’s cross on the second attempt from two yards after hitting the post with his first shot.

Newcastle made it three on the 12-minute mark as Pools keeper Scott Flinders brought down Ameobi in the penalty area and Marveaux converted the spot-kick.

Alan Pardew’s side had to wait until eight minutes into the second half before adding a fourth. This time Haris Vuckic got the goal, lobbing the ball over Flinders after good work from Hatem Ben Arfa created the opening.

Pools got a goal back in the 73rd minute as Anthony Sweeney fired in from close range but the Magpies made it five shortly through Gabriel Obertan, who powered in a low shot to complete the rout.


Bristol City 1-1 Southampton

Billy Sharp scored an injury-time equaliser as Southampton drew 1-1 with Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

The Saints started the game the stronger of the two sides as Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana both had early efforts but neither could trouble Dean Gerken in the City goal.

James Ward-Prowse should have given Nigel Adkins' side the lead after he capitalised on a Lewin Nyatanga error but he was denied by a good save from Gerken, who made the stop with his feet.

Southampton were to rue these chances as Bristol City took the lead through Jon Stead who fired a vicious shot into the bottom corner of Kelvin Davis' net, giving the keeper no chance.

Albert Adomah had two great chances to extend the Robins' lead but he was denied by a combination of good defending and keeping from Nathaniel Clyne and Davis.

The Saints pushed for an equaliser throughout the second half but were met with stubborn resistance from the home side but, in added time, Sharp found the net after latching onto Rickie Lambert's knock-down. 


Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Reading

Brighton built on their win over Chelsea at the weekend by claiming a draw against Reading, with Hal Robson-Kanu saving his side from defeat with a late equaliser.

The Royals could have taken the lead in the opening minutes as new signing Pavel Pogrebnyak let fly with a vicious effort but Michel Kuipers, playing in his testimonial game, made an excellent save to deny the Russian.

Brighton, who showed their credentials by beating European Champions Chelsea at the weekend, tested Brian McDermott's side and Vicente who scored against the Blues almost repeated his feat but was denied by a good save from keeper Adam Federici from a free kick.

Gus Poyet’s side took the lead in the 33rd minute as Alex Pearce brought down Ashley Barnes in the penalty area and Vicente made no mistake from the spot, firing past Federici, much to the delight of the home crowd in the Amex Stadium.

Reading pressed for an equaliser late into the game and eventually found a way through the Seagulls' defences as Robson-Kanu headed Garath McCleary's cross into the net past Tomas Kuszczak.


 Yeovil Town 1-1 Stoke City

Kenwyne Jones scored a second-half equaliser to save Stoke from defeat as the drew 1-1 with Yeovil at Huish Park.

The Potters started the game brightly as Ryan Shotton looked to convert a header from a Whelan free kick but the defender just failed to get his effort on target and minutes later trialist Sebastian Boenisch saw his long-range strike tipped over the bar by Marek Stech.

Despite Stoke's dominance, it was Yeovil who took the lead from the penalty spot after Ryan Shawcross fouled Byron Webster in the box and Reuben Reid made no mistake, dispatching the kick past Asmir Begovic.

Tony Pulis' side tried to respond straight away and it was Shotton again who threatened this time his right-footed shot clattered the crossbar before being cleared as Jones looked to pounce on the rebound.

The Potters continued to attack and got a deserved leveller when Jones headed in at the back-post after latching onto Boenisch's deep cross. Both sides searched for a winner but it was to finish all square.