Aussies abroad: Caltex Socceroos' festive season results

While many of the leagues around the world are on hiatus over the Christmas period plenty of Caltex Socceroos have still been in action for their clubs in England.

Brad Smith faced one of the biggest tests of his club career when he lined up for AFC Bournemouth against Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The left back was tasked with shutting down the likes of Victor Moses and Willian and while the 22-year-old more than held his own the Cherries were beaten 3-0.

Smith was replaced with 13 minutes to play by fellow former Liverpool player Jordan Ibe as Eddie Howe’s side chased the game, while goalkeeper Adam Federici was again on the bench.  

Aaron Mooy continues to earn plaudits for his form in the Championship this season, helping Huddersfield Town to a comeback 2-1 home win over Nottingham Forest.

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Mooy was named man of the match for his influential performance in the centre of the park, which helped the Terriers move back up to fourth in their quest for an EPL promotion.