Premiership friendly round-up
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
A full strength Aston Villa went down to a 2-1 defeat at Walsall. Player-manager Paul Merson helped inspire his Saddlers to victory over his former club.A full strength Aston Villa went down to a 2-1 defeat at Walsall.
Player-manager Paul Merson helped inspire his Saddlers to victory over his former club.
Defender Julian Bennett gave Walsall the lead after just four minutes as he headed home Merson's cross.
Mark Kinsella - also playing against his former employers - helped Walsall extend their lead ten minutes later when he found Darren Wrack, who slid the ball past Thomas Sorensen.
Villa could not reply until the final minute when new boy Martin Laursen headed his first goal for the club from Thomas Hitzlsperger's cross.
Manchester City secured a 3-1 win over Wolves at Molineux.
Kenny Miller put Wolves ahead after 13 minutes, but City were level on the half hour when trialist Adrian Iencsi put through his own net.
City then suffered would could turn out to be a huge blow as David Sommeil was stretched off with a knee problem.
Kevin Keegan's side continued to push forward and were ahead on the stroke of half time when Shaun Wright-Phillips fired home.
City completed the scoring on 66 minutes when Paulo Wanchope found the back of the net.
Charlton Athletic drew 0-0 with Championship outfit Gillingham at Priestfield.
Shaun Bartlett came close to breaking the deadlock in the first half when he hit the woodwork.
One negative moment for The Addicks was that Mark Fish hobbled off with a foot injury.
Another blank came at Ashton Gate as a strong Portsmouth side drew with Bristol City in Brian Tinnion's testimonial game.
Liverpool and Blackburn were also in action as they sent reserve teams to face non-league outfits Vauxhall Motors and Morecambe.
The Reds secured a 2-1 win, while Rovers came away from Christie Park with a 4-1 success.