Premier League - Friendlies: Swansea win again, defeat for Norwich against San Jose

Swansea registered their sixth win of pre-season after they saw off Exeter 2-0 at St James' Park.

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Nathan Dyer gave them the lead after 10 minutes with an accomplished finish and Rory Donnelly made sure of the win in the second half, converting Jonjo Shelvey's pass.

The Swans continue their preparations for next season with a trip to Reading next weekend.

Chris Hughton's Norwich were beaten 1-0 in their pre-season match against San Jose Earthquakes.

The Canaries were unable to keep the momentum from their 3-0 win over Mexican send-tier side Dorados during the week as they succumbed to a goal from Trinidadian striker Cordell Cato for the MLS side.

Cato's goal came in the seventh minute in a match which saw new Norwich signings Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Leroy Fer make lacklustre debuts.

Fulham came through a penalty shoot-out to win their friendly against Costa Rican side Saprissa to finish their tour of the Central American country with a 100 per cent record.

The match had ended in a 2-2 draw with Hugo Rodallega and Bryan Ruiz scoring for the Cottagers, while David Ramirez and Diego Estrada netted for Saprissa.

Rodallega scored the crucial penalty as Fulham won the shoot-out 5-3.

Aston Villa twice equalised to draw 2-2 in a pre-season friendly at League Two hosts Wycombe Wanderers.

Wanderers fortuitously went ahead in the 10th minute when Marvin McCoy's cross from the right sailed over the head of goalkeeper Brad Guzan and into the back of the net.

Paul Lambert's team regrouped and got themselves level in the 25th minute with Matthew Lowton's header.

But Wycombe edged in front again six minutes later when Matthew Spring's corner was flicked on by Jon-Paul Pittman into the path of Leon Johnson, who could not miss as he bundled home from point-blank range.

The Premier League side levelled things up early in the second half when Ashley Westwood squeezed his 20-yard free-kick between the goalkeeper and post.

As promised before the game, Villa changed their entire team on the hour mark and they finished with 10 men after Jordan Bowery left the field with a rib injury.

Dagenham were edged out 2-1 by Premier League new boys Crystal Palace at Victoria Road.

The Eagles, in their first pre-season friendly of the summer, were dominant and could have won by a greater margin despite a late period of pressure from their League Two hosts.

Trialist Atdhe Nuhiu put Palace ahead from close range in the 34th minute and, after the visitors replaced their entire starting XI at the break, Owen Garvan's penalty doubled their advantage in the second half.

The Daggers pulled one back courtesy of a spot-kick of their own, Medy Elito netting from 12 yards, although it was not enough to earn a draw despite a late charge.

Newcastle United’s tour of Portugal got off to a losing start following a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Rio Ave at the Estadio dos Arcos in Vila do Conde.

Egyptian striker Ahmed Hassan capitalised on some reticent Newcastle defending to give his side a two goal advantage inside 10 minutes.

An abject first-half display was again punished with just 26 minutes gone when the visitors failed to deal with Del Valle’s cross allowing Braga to fire home from close range.

A much better second half performance was rewarded with a Shola Ameobi strike on 76 minutes but the Magpies could not force another despite pressure.

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