Aussies Abroad: Irvine’s Hull City advance in FA Cup

Caltex Socceroos midfielder Jackson Irvine has helped Hull City progress to the fourth round of England’s FA Cup on Sunday morning (AEDT) but there was disappointment for defender Bailey Wright.

Irvine’s Hull advanced thanks to a narrow 1-0 win over League One outfit Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

The Aussie playmaker started on the bench and watch as Olufisayo Aina gave the Tigers the lead just before the hour mark.

Irvine was then introduced a few minutes later and helped the visitors see out the result.

Elsewhere and there would be no Cup boilover for Wright’s Bristol City, who lost 3-0 to EPL club Watford at Vicarage Road.

Bristol, who have a League Cup (Carabao Cup) semi-final first leg against Manchester City this week, rested a host of key players including skipper Wright, who was an unused substitute.

And the Hornets’ class showed with goals to Andre Carillo – who could face Australia at the World Cup later this year with Peru – Troy Deeney and Etienne Capoue enough for Marco Silva’s men.

The result is revenge for Watford who were dumped out of the League Cup by the Robins earlier this season.

Both Mile Jedinak and Massimo Luongo were left out of their respective squads as both Aston Villa and QPR were victims of Cup shocks.

Villa lost 3-1 at home against Peterborough, while QPR also lost in front of their own fans going down 1-0 against MK Dons.

And defender James Meredith was left on the bench as Millwall made light work of Barnsley at the Den, winning 4-1.

The draw for the Fourth Round of the FA Cup will be held next week.