Aussies Abroad Wrap: Mixed fortunes for Championship Socceroos

It was an eventful weekend for our Socceroos based in England with a couple of midfielders particularly impressing for their clubs. 

It's Monday, which means it's time for us to wrap up all of the weekend's Aussies Abroad action! 

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It was a top weekend at the office for both Kenny Dougall and Riley McGree, who played important roles as their clubs came away with important victories. 

For Dougall, a solid shift in the centre of the park helped Blackpool to a third-straight victory, prevailing 1-0 away to Sheffield United. 

After an up-and-down start to the season, the newly-promoted Seasiders have quietly built up a solid run of form, and now sit sixth with 15 matches played. 

It has been a similar story for McGree's Birmingham, who are slowly but surely working their way up the Championship ladder - with the Socceroos youngster among those at the core of their rise.

McGree was handed another start in the centre of the park during the Blues' 2-0 win away to Middlebrough, which has them now sitting 14th in the league. 

On the other hand, Halloween weekend sprung up a horror result for Harry Souttar's Stoke City, who gave up a 3-0 lead in the second half to draw 3-3 at home to struggling Cardiff. It was also another difficult outing for Callum Elder's Hull City, who fell 1-0 at home to Coventry City. 

Bailey Wright will also be looking to forget this weekend as soon as possible, after being introduced halfway through Sunderland's 5-1 defeat to Rotherham. 

On a brighter note, the Socceroos defender has a glamour League Cup tie to look forward to, with the Black Cats drawn against Arsenal in the quarter-finals.


Moving to Germany, where Ajdin Hrustic started and played an hour for Eintracht Frankfurt as they took on RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga. 

A 94th-minute equaliser was enough for Hrustic's side to come away with a 1-1 draw. 

After playing a tough 120 minutes in the Cup midweek, Jackson Irvine was introduced as a second-half substitute in St. Pauli's 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen. 

While it saw their win streak come to an end, the result maintains a one-point lead on top of the 2. Bundesliga with 12 games played. 

It was a similar story for Denis Genreau in France, as he was subbed on in the 58th minute of Toulouse's 2-2 draw with Guingamp. 

Toulouse also remain in pole position for promotion, one point clear of Sochaux after 14 rounds. 

In Belgium, Trent Sainsbury played 90 minutes as KV Kortrijk drew 1-1 away to Standard Liege, while in the second tier, Daniel Arzani again started for Lommel as they lost 3-2 to RWD Molenbeek. 

Finally, Jimmy Jeggo played an hour for Aris Thessalonki in Greece as they were defeated 2-1 by AEK Athens away from home, while it was a tough result for Lawrence Thomas in net for SønderjyskE, as they shipped six to Silkeborg.