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.
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.
How to get around the Caltex Socceroos v Norway
The Caltex Socceroos begin their build-up towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Saturday morning (AEDT) with a friendly clash against Norway in Oslo. It’s just the third meeting between the two nations, with Bert van Marwijk taking charge of Australia for the very first time.
We try to predict the Caltex Socceroos' starting XI for Oslo friendly
Bert van Marwijk says his players don't yet know who will start against Norway in Oslo. We try to read the Dutch master's mind ahead of his first game as Caltex Socceroos coach. GOALKEEPER Mat Ryan The Brighton and Hove Albion stopper is the incumbent number one and h
Australia's inspirational skipper declares he's fit and ready for huge 2018
The Caltex Socceroos will have a fully fit skipper when they embark on their first match in the Bert van Marwijk era. Mile Jedinak sat alongside his new national coach at the pre-game media conference ahead of Saturday morning's clash with Norway in chilly Oslo. Australia’s