Mat Ryan and Aaron Mooy will both head into camp with the Caltex Socceroos this week in confident mood after enjoying vital wins in the Premier League this morning (Sunday AEDT).
Ryan’s Brighton & Hove Albion moved up to eighth on the EPL ladder after a superb 1-0 win away from home against a desperate Swansea City.
In-form striker Glenn Murray got the only goal of the game, turning in Anthony Knockaert’s cross at the far post just before the half-hour mark.
It was Murray’s fourth goal in his last three EPL games for the club to increase Brighton’s unbeaten run to four matches.
Ryan didn’t have a lot to do but was excellent when called upon, making a couple of important saves and claiming every cross which came into the box.
Elsewhere, one goal was also enough for Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield Town, who beat West Brom 1-0 at John Smith’s Stadium.
Dutchman Rajiv van La Parra scored the only goal just before the break with a sublime curling effort from long range.
Mooy was again outstanding in midfield for the Terriers, getting through another 90 minutes.
David Wagner’s newly-promoted men are up to 10th spot on the table after 11 games.
The pair will now head to Honduras ahead of next weekend’s FIFA World Cup intercontinental play-off first leg against the Central Americans.
The Caltex Socceroos need to beat Honduras over two legs – with the second match in Sydney on November 15 – to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.