Premier League - Wolves see off Celtic

Wed, 27 Jul 22:49:00 2011

Wolverhampton Wanderers produced a 2-0 win over Celtic at Parkhead to pick up their best result of pre-season so far.

Premier League - Wolves defeat Celtic

Wolves named a strong team which included two summer signings Roger Johnson and Jamie O'Hara and it was O'Hara who opened the scoring in the 29th minute with a stunning 25-yard free-kick.

Unfortunately for Celtic's young Czech midfielder Filip Twardzik, he made the score 2-0 on 73 minutes as he sliced a Stephen Hunt cut-back into his own goal to double Wolves' advantage.

The Scots did not field their best 11 but there was still plenty of quality on show with the likes of Daniel Majstorovic and Shaun Maloney in the side.

Bolton also recorded a 2-0 away win as they defeated Bury in a game which saw Nigel Reo-Coker, Chris Eagles and Tyrone Mears make their debuts for The Trotters.

Owen Coyle fielded a very strong Wanderers side with the three debutants starting on the bench at Gigg Lane alongside fellow new signing Darren Pratley.

The Premier League side had to wait until just before half-time to open the scoring and it came through Croatian forward Ivan Klasnic who had been lively throughout the opening 45 minutes and slotted his third goal of pre-season from close-range after a corner was not cleared properly.

The four summer signings all entered the fray at half-time along with Martin Petrov and it was from the Bulgarian's corner that saw Bolton go 2-0 ahead on 62 minutes as Gary Cahill headed home.

Premier League new boys QPR did not fare so well as they travelled to Serie A side Cesena and were undone by a late Erjon Bogdani goal to lose 1-0.

The friendly saw new signings Danny Gabbidon, Jay Bothroyd and Kieron Dyer take to the field as well as Adel Taarabt who played a full 90 minutes having recently committed to the club.

Taarabt and Dyer were among the R's' players to have chances but it was the Albanian Bogdani's calm finish in the 84th minute that proved the difference.

Finally Sunderland came through a stern test away at Kilmarnock as goals from Stephane Sessegnon and Connor Wickham gave the Black Cats a 2-1 win.

Sessegnon was the liveliest player on the pitch in the opening exchanges and could have grabbed a goal before he eventually did in the 37th minute when he beat two players and drilled a finish into the goal on the edge of the area.

The visitors' lead only lasted until four minutes after the break though as Wes Brown conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box which Garry Hay despatched with accuracy into the top left corner leaving new signing Keiren Westwood with no chance.

Fortunately for Sunderland, fellow signing Wickham was on hand at the back post on 78 minutes to slot home a right-wing cross from Ahmed Elmohamady to notch his first goal for the club and win the game.

Phil Haigh / Eurosport

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