Aussies abroad: Lyden battles Blues, Rogic's run continues

Plenty of Caltex Socceroos were back in action for their clubs over the weekend following the international break. Here's the wrap of the standout performances.


Mile Jedinak was back on the park for Crystal Palace as they claimed a 2-2 draw against West Ham at Upton Park. Jedinak played the duration as the Eagles moved seven clear of the relegation zone.

Jordan Lyden was given some minutes off the bench by interim Aston Villa boss Eric Black against Chelsea. The result finished 4-0 to the Blues at Villa Park as the 20-year-old got just his second taste of the EPL.

Brad Smith was an unused substitute as Liverpool held EPL title aspirants Tottenham to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. A Harry Kane goal cancelled out Philippe Coutinho’s opener for the Reds.

Bailey Wright was part of the defensive line for Preston North End as they claimed a 2-1 comeback win against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in the Championship.

James Meredith helped ensure Bradford City kept a cleansheet in League One as they ran out 1-0 winners at home to Scunthorpe United.

Tom Rogic continued his rich vein of form in Scotland, setting up a goal in Celtic’s 3-1 win over Hearts. The midfielder was subbed at half-time suffering from dizziness after a head knock as the Bhoys moved seven points clear at the top of the SPL.

Scott McDonald played the full match as Motherwell recorded their fifth straight win with a 2-1 result on the road to Inverness.

Ryan Edwards played the best part of an hour as Partick Thistle were held to a goalless draw against Kilmarnock.


Mat Ryan was back on the bench for Valencia in the wake of the sacking of manager Gary Neville. The move doing little to quell Valencia’s torrid La Liga form as they were beaten 2-1 by Las Palmas.

Mathew Leckie was a second-half substitute for FC Ingolstadt as they claimed an impressive 3-0 win over FC Schalke in the Bundesliga, moving up to ninth in the standings.

Tomislav Mrcela was deployed midway through the second stanza as Lokomotiva Zagreb recorded a 3-0 win over Istra 1961 in Croatia.

Former Melbourne City striker David Williams helped Haladas pick up a point in Hungary, while former Glory defender Antony Golec played his part in FC Sheriff’s win in Moldova.


Trent Sainsbury made his third successive start for Jiangsu Suning in the Chinese Super League as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hebei CFFC.

There was a significant Aussie presence in Liaoning Whowin’s 1-1 draw with Henan Jianye as James Troisi replaced compatriot Michael Thwaite for the home side in the second half, while Ryan McGowan played the full match for Henan.

Matthew Spiranovic and Tim Cahill both played in Hangzhou Greentown’s 2-0 victory over Shandong Luneng as they notched their second win of the season.

Meanwhile newly capped Socceroo Apostolis Giannou couldn’t help Guangzhou R&F recover a 2-0 deficit when subbed on in their derby against Guangzhou Evergrande.