Irvine stars as Hull City earn crucial win in Championship

Caltex Socceroos midfielder Jackson Irvine has played a crucial role in Hull City’s narrow win in the English Championship overnight.

The Aussie midfielder played the full 90 minutes for the Tigers as they secured a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to promotion-chasing Sheffield United on Saturday (AEDT).

And the 24-year-old was instrumental in the game’s only goal, setting up Nouha Dicko just 10 minutes into the second stanza.

Receiving the ball in a crowded penalty area, Irvine showed great composure to slide the ball into the path of Dicko who smashed the ball home from close range.

The win lifts Hull three points clear of the relegation zone.

Elsewhere, Alex Gersbach played another full game in France as Lens were beaten 1-0 at home to Clermont in Ligue 2.

Despite the result, it was the Aussie defender’s fifth-straight league start since joining the French club on loan from Rosenborg.

In Turkey, Aziz Behich got through 90 minutes but could do little as Bursaspor suffered a heavy 5-0 loss away to league-leaders Galatasaray.

A first-half red card to Nigerian William Troost-Ekong proved costly for the visitors.