West Bromwich Albion rounded off their nine-match programme of pre-season friendlies with a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid at The Hawthorns yesterday.
The Baggies had struggled against Iberian opposition on their tour of Portugal last month when they lost against Benfica, Sevilla and Sporting Lisbon. But they made no mistake this time, to give themselves a big confidence boost for next Saturday's Premiership opener at Manchester City.
After surviving early pressure from an Atletico side containing former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman and Albion old boy Cosmin Contra, Baggies captain Kevin Campbell paved the way to victory.
A piece of six-yard box poaching from Campbell three minutes into the second half earned Albion the lead. A late penalty from new boy Diomansy Kamara, after Kanu was fouled, sealed the victory.
Midfielder Andy Johnson, out since January with knee trouble, confirmed his full recovery from an operation.
Albion manager Bryan Robson said: "The way Andy has come back from a bad injury is excellent.
"Apart from working really hard box to box and closing people down, his passing was good and I thought he was probably our best player."
After being strongly linked with Wigan Athletic striker Nathan Ellington, Robson is still hopeful of strengthening his squad in time for next Saturday.
Henri Camara is due to complete his £3 million move from Wolves to Wigan today, which could allow Ellington to come to The Hawthorns.
"There's a likelihood that we could add to the squad before we start the season," said Robson. "I've got a couple of irons in the fire and we're just waiting for people to come back to us."
Aston Villa manager David O'Leary was delighted to see Martin Laursen continue his recovery from a knee injury in the 2-1 friendly win over Utrecht.
Goals from Juan Pablo Angel and Kevin Phillips helped them see off the Dutch side. O'Leary described the match as "a good test" for his side and was particularly pleased to see Danish defender Laursen come through 90 minutes of action.
The Irishman said: "We'll see now if there is any reaction, but he's come through and he never gave any indication that he wanted to be taken off. I thought he did really well."