Clinton blow for Blues
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Blues still ran out 2-0 victors with Tommy Mooney opening the scoring with a header, and Stan Lazaridis clinching the win for Steve Bruce's side.
Premiership champions Arsenal cruised to a 3-1 victory over 1860 Munich in Innsbruck and Thierry Henry fired a warning to the rest of the league by notching a stunning hat-trick.
He opened the scoring in the 41st minute, although Arsenal were lucky as Dennis Bergkamp looked offside and a Munich player required treatment, the goal certainly did not improve the Germans' mood.
1860 equalised midway through the second half as Paul Agostino heading home Harald Cerny's cross from the right.
This stung Arsenal into action, although Patrick Vieira can count himself lucky after only seeing yellow for a dreadful challenge on Marcus Weissenberger two minutes after the equaliser.
It took The Gunners until the 82nd minute to make their pressure count as Henry tapped home a rebound then volleyed in Bergkamp's cross to complete his three goal burst.
Leeds United triumphed 1-0 at Barnsley with England's Danny Mills scoring the only goal of the game in the second half with a low drive.
Young Paul Robinson was again in goal for Terry Venables's men, and he kept a clean sheet, but the manager stressed afterwards that Nigel Martyn is "absolutely" still part of his plans, after being asked to play in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Saturday morning.
Tottenham defeated Watford by the same scoreline in Nigel Gibbs's testimonial, with Chinese trialist Qu Bo again showing interesting glimpses of his ability.
The Asian ace was involved in the winner, which arrived on 87 minutes, following a Christian Ziege corner, with former Hornets man Tim Sherwood claiming the final touch.
Newcastle striker Tresor Lomano Lua-Lua was in good form for the Tynesiders, scoring both goals in a 2-0 win at Wolves.
Dean Sturridge suffered a leg injury for the home side, and the Black Country outfit face an anxious wait over the extent of the damage.
At the Racecourse Ground, Everton eased to a 2-0 victory over Wrexham.
Tomasz Radzinski and new boy Rodrigo were the scorers for The Toffees, with the latter getting his goal from the penalty spot.
Middlesbrough sank Chesterfield 3-0 with Szilard Nemeth amongst the goalscorers for Steve McClaren's men.
Dwight Yorke grabbed a brace as Blackburn pummelled FC Amberg/DJK Ammerthal 10-0 in their final pre-season game in Germany.
Italian striker Corrado Grabbi grabbed a hat-trick as Rovers ensured they will be going into The Premiership campaign full of confidence.
However, the same cannot be said for Kevin Keegan's Manchester City, who were beaten 1-0 by their manager's former club, Hamburg in Germany. Tomas Ujfalusi got the only goal of the contest.