Aussies Abroad: Jedinak v Wright in Championship

Caltex Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak has come out on top in an all-Aussie battle with defender Bailey Wright in England’s Championship this morning (Wed).

Jedinak’s Aston Villa were too strong for Wright’s Bristol City at Villa Park, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Jonathan Kodjia and Conor Hourihane.

In just his third game back after more than a month out with a groin injury, Jedinak was superb for the home side in a dominant 90-minute display and looks in good touch ahead of the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

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For Wright, who also played a full game, the defeat means Bristol City missed the chance to move away from the relegation zone, now sitting just outside the bottom three on goal difference.

The duo are again in action this weekend in the Championship, with Jedinak’s Villa on the road at last-placed Rotherham and looking for a third straight win.

Bristol City face a real ‘six-pointer’ in the race to avoid the drop when they host Jackson Irvine’s Burton Albion.

In League One, there were two Aussies in the starting side for Bury for their vital win over Coventry City.

Cameron Burgess, who was named in the EFL Team of the Week for his weekend performance, and young Tom Beadling both played full games as Bury held on for a 2-1 victory.

On-loan midfielder Aiden O’Neill played 78 minutes as Oldham Athletic scored in stoppage-time to beat Northampton Town 2-1.

James Meredith’s Bradford City came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with MK Dons, while Bradden Inman played another 90 minutes in Peterborough’s 1-0 loss at Millwall.