Aussies abroad update

Many of our Asian Cup bound Socceroos had their last club outings before heading home overnight. Here's a wrap of some of the performances from our Aussies abroad on Boxing Day.

Socceroos' 23-man Asian Cup squad announced 

Socceroos and Crystal Palace skipper Mile Jedinak proved he's up for the responsibility of set-piece duty in January, providing a superb dead-ball assist to get the Eagles on the scoresheet against Southampton.

Unfortunately the late goal proved a consolation as his side went down 3-1 at Selhurst Park, consigning Palace to finishing the year in the relegation zone.

Brad Jones was also in Premier League action for Liverpool but his night came to a premature end when he was forced off with an apparent thigh injury after just 16 minutes.

It was a cruel blow for the 32-year-old who had only recently claimed the No.1 jersey but at least his team came away with a much needed three points, accounting for Burnley 1-0 on their travels.

Defenders Jason Davidson and Chris Herd played no part in West Brom's and Aston Villa's respective losses but will no doubt seek to get their managers attention with some game time on home soil.

Massimo Luongo continues to show his pedigree in front of goal for Swindon Town, putting his side ahead just after the break in England's League One against Walsall.

It was the midfielder's third goal of the season and saw Swindon remain just a point off the summit as they ran out 4-1 winners away from home.

Rhys Williams made a 90th minute appearance for Middlesbrough in their 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest as the defender continues his return from injury.

Adam Federici played the full match in goal for Reading in their Championship match, as they picked up a point courtesy of a 2-2 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion.

In Belgium Mat Ryan kept another cleansheet for Club Brugge as they maintained their lead at the top of the Pro League with a thumping 6-0 win over Lierse SK.

James Troisi played a full match for SV Zulte Waregem but unfortunately they went down 3-1 at home to Sporting Charleroi to remain tenth.

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