Socceroo Mile Jedinak was again a standout performer on the weekend as he guided Crystal Palace a step closer to remarkable EPL survival reports Goal.com.
Socceroo Mile Jedinak was again a standout performer on the weekend as he guided Crystal Palace a step closer to remarkable English Premier League survival reports Goal.com.
The Eagles skipper helped his team record an important victory, as he played a full game in the 3-0 away win against relegation-threatened Cardiff City.
The three points lifted Palace to 14th place on the ladder and seven points clear of the relegation zone. While Jedinak has led a stunning revival from bottom place on the pitch, the 29-year-old has been hugely complementary of the impact new manager Tony Pulis has had at the club.
"He is a winner," Jedinak told The Mirror.
"It didn't take me that long to figure that out. He wants to win and win every single thing.
"As a player you want to be around someone who is hungry and determined to do well and gets results to get you to where you want to be. That was something we needed. Having that clear picture of what is wanted helps out massively.
"He has done a fantastic job - enough to get a nomination for Manager of the Year in my opinion."
Meanwhile in the Championship, Lucas Neill completed 90 minutes for Doncaster Rovers as they gave up an early lead to lose 3-1 at home to relegation rivals Birmingham City.
Scott McDonald came on in the second half for Millwall as they won 2-1 away to Nottingham Forest.
In the Scottish Premiership, Jackson Irvine played the full game for Kilmarnock, as they lost 2-1 at home to St Johnstone. Dylan McGowan also saw out 90 minutes for Hearts in a 4-2 win away to Partick Thistle.
It was a busy weekend for the Australians based in Germany - Mitch Langerak played for Borussia Dortmund as they defeated Wolfsburg 2-1 at home, while in the 2. Bundesliga Ben Halloran opened the scoring before being withdrawn in the second half as Fortuna Dusseldorf defeated Paderborn 2-1 away.
Mathew Leckie started and finished the game and Nikita Rukavytsya came on for FSV Frankfurt in their 2-1 loss at Aalen.
Mat Ryan endured a disappointing outing for Club Brugge, as they went down 3-0 away to Anderlecht in the Belgian Pro League playoffs.
It was a similar story in the Eredivisie, with Adam Sarota starting for Utrecht and being taken off with 20 minutes remaining in a 4-1 loss at ADO.
Dario Vidosic lasted until the 83rd minute for Sion in a 1-0 Swiss Super League win at Lausanne, while Oliver Bozanic came on for the last two minutes of Luzern's 2-1 loss at Young Boys.
Moving to Asia and Ryan McGowan played the full game as his Shandong Luneng team defeated Shanghai Shenxin 1-0 away from home in the Chinese Super League. Jonas Salley started and finished a 2-1 loss for Guizhou Renhe away to Hangzhou.
Daniel McBreen was withdrawn with nine minutes remaining as Shanghai SIPG went down 1-0 at Henan Jianye. And Adam Hughes was powerless to prevent his Harbin Yiteng from losing 3-0 at Liaoning Whowin.
In the K-League, Aleksandar Jovanovic played the full game for Jeju United in a 1-0 win at Sangju Sangmu. Alex Wilkinson started and finished the game for Jeonbuk Motors as they earned a point in a 1-1 draw at FC Seoul.
There was little joy to be had for J-League-based Australians - Josh Kennedy scored twice for Nagoya Grampus, but the goals came in a 5-2 loss at home to Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Mitch Nichols came on for the last minute of Cerezo Osaka's 2-1 loss at Kashiwa Reysol, while the Vegalta Sendai side coached by Graham Arnold remain second from bottom after losing 4-0 at Urawa Reds.
In the Qatar Stars League, Mark Bresciano played until the 81st minute of Al Gharafa's 2-1 loss at home to Al Arabi.
Brett Holman set up the first goal for Al Nasr in a 2-1 victory away to Al Wasl in the United Arab Emirates. Alex Brosque picked up a yellow card as his Al Ain side defeated Bani Yas by the same scoreline.
On the bench:
Mark Schwarzer (Chelsea), Brad Jones (Liverpool), Alex Cisak (Burnley), Adam Federici (Reading), Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Gil Vicente), Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow), Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam), Robbie Cornthwaite (Jeonnam).
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