Moyes gave his charges their first public runout of the pre-season
campaign in the little Austria town of Bruck. With a number
of World Cup stars still enjoying their holidays, new signing Joseph
Yobo still awaiting his work permit, plus the usual list of niggling
injuries to contend with, it was an opportunity to cycle through
most of the supporting players in the expanded first-team squad.
Reserves of note included Leon Osman, now hopefully
fit after a disastrous season of injuries, Sean
O'Hanlon, George Pilkington, Peter Clarke, Tony Hibbert, Kevin McLeod,
Keith Southern, Nick Chadwick, and of course Wayne Rooney, whom we promise
not to over-hype at every opportunity!
Daley (Jamaican striker from Hazard United) was also involved but Juliano
Rodrigo (Brazilian striker from Botafogo, on loan with Athletico Mineiro) was
out of action after suffering a poisoned toe from boots that were too
A lively game ensued, with Omar Daley hitting the post in the
first minute, Goals came from Sean O'Hanlon, who placed his header well
from a Leon Osman corner; Radzinski, who deflected Kevin Campbell's header in
off his chest, and yes, the Great White Hope, Wayne Rooney.
goal came off an excellent long ball from Keith Southern with the youngster
shaking off two defenders to slot home. Huber pulled one back for the
home side when he broke away to slot it past Paul Gerrard.
But, whatever the
hype-merchants may claim, this was not Wayne Rooney's first senior goal for the
Blues. This was merely a friendly — and friendlies don't rate in the