Gallagher penalty rescues Rovers
A last-minute Paul Gallagher penalty enabled Blackburn Rovers to snatch a 1-1 draw at Leeds United, who were by far the better team. The hosts hit the woodwork twice in the opening 15 minutes and Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who received a warm welcome from the home fans, did well against his former club. The deadlock was finally broken in the 50th minute when Jermaine Beckford flicked in a corner from close range, but Leeds were made to regret their missed opportunities.
Bobadilla on target
Bolton Wanderers kicked off their pre-season tour of Germany and Holland with a 1-1 draw at Borussia Monchengladbach. Gavin McCann gave the visitors the lead in the 26th minute when he volleyed home Johan Elmander's header, but Raul Bobadilla, who had threatened the entire match, levelled matters 15 minutes from time after he shrugged off defender Danny Shittu. The hosts almost snatched a winner right at the end, but Adam Bogdan pulled off a great save to keep out Oliver Neuville's free-kick from just outside the area.
Nenad Milijas made his Wolverhampton Wanderers debut, but the Serbia international was powerless to prevent his new team going down 2-0 at Bristol City. The former Red Star Belgrade midfielder put in an impressive performance, however, and had a fine effort shortly before the half-hour mark when his 25-yard shot was tipped around the post. Danny Haynes fired Bristol into the lead four minutes later and Nicky Maynard doubled their advantage in the 38th minute with a brilliant 30-yard screamer into the top corner.
Sunderland sneak by
Sunderland were fortunate to come away from Oldham with a 2-1 victory after being outplayed for most of the game. Adam Reed capitalised on a woeful pass from Andy Holdsworth to fire the visitors in front and a similar mistake by Reuben Hazell allowed David Dowson to double their lead in the 23rd minute. Latics pulled one back in the 55th minute when Jean Y'ves M'Voto hauled down Keigan Parker in the area and Pawel Abbott converted the resulting spot-kick.
Meanwhile, a late rally enabled Peterborough to hold Fulham to a 3-3 draw. The Premier League side were 3-0 up at the break thanks to Clint Dempsey's opener and a brace from Bobby Zamora. However, the hosts grabbed one back in the 52nd minute through Aaron Mclean and, after Fulham coach Roy Hodgson made a host of changes, levelled matters in the final ten minutes with a double from George Boyd.
Stoke City slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Preston North End. A brace from former Liverpool youth star Neil Mellor gave the hosts a comfortable half-time lead. Richard Cresswell pulled one back 13 minutes from time when he headed home a trademark long throw-in from Rory Delap, but Stoke could not find the equaliser.
Elsewhere, Hull City played out a goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday. Bernard Mendy was chosen in the right-back position following Sam Ricketts' departure to Bolton. The hosts had the best opportunity of the afternoon, but Hull goalkeeper Matt Duke made a fine save to keep out Leon Clarke's powerful effort.
Portsmouth were also held to a goalless draw as they failed to find the back of the net at Basingstoke. The hosts looked livelier at the outset and it took Pompey until the 17th minute to have their first decent opportunity, which David Nugent fired wide. Basingstoke should have broken the deadlock ten minutes after the break when Jahson Downes rattled the crossbar.