Kewell, McDonald & Wilkshire all on the mark
Harry Kewell, Scott McDonald and Luke Wilkshire all found the mark for their respective clubs on the weekend, but it wasn’t a happy Merseyside derby for Tim Cahill after getting his marching orders in a 2-0 loss.
Harry Kewell, Scott McDonald and Luke Wilkshire all found the mark for their respective clubs on the weekend, but it wasn-t a happy Merseyside derby for Tim Cahill after getting his marching orders in a 2-0 loss.
Kewell made it five goals for the season, with Galatasaray-s fourth goal in a 4-1 win over Konyaspor. It was his second goal in successive games and he again continues to prove his doubters wrong after his good start to the season.
Meanwhile McDonald shrugged off criticism about his apparent lack of fitness, to come off the bench and score just six later with a header at the back post and put Celtic level with Aberdeen, which they eventually won 3-2 in the dying minutes.
Wilkshire meanwhile held his nerve in the dying minutes of Dinamo Moscow-s match against Kryliya Sovetov, to convert a last minute penalty that earned Dinamo a point.
Cahill meanwhile saw red after a late tackle in the 80th minute, which the referee deemed harsh enough to order him straight off. It compounded a miserable day for Everton who lost 2-0 at home to their arch rivals Liverpool.
In England, Lucas Neill got the better of his Qantas Socceroo team mate Mark Schwarzer, with West Ham winning 2-1 at Craven Cottage; Brett Emerton played a full game, while Vince Grella remained on the sidelines, as Blackburn Rovers won 2-1 at Newcastle United, for whom Mark Viduka still remains injured; while Richard Garcia came on for the 15 minutes, as Hull City inflicted the first home defeat on Arsenal since April 2007, a 2-1 win.
Nick Carle was again the only Championship player to see action, playing 81 minutes in Crystal Palace-s 1-1 draw at Ipswich, while Mile Sterjovski, Ruben Zadkovich (both Derby County) and Sheffield United-s David Carney continue to be overlooked for their respective squads.
In Scotland, Olympian Trent McClenahan made his debut for Premier League side Hamilton Academical, coming on as a sub with 15 minutes remaining in a 4-1 loss to Falkirk. Danny Invincibile came on at half time in Kilmarnock-s 3-1 loss to Inverness CT.
While Mark Bresciano missed Palermo-s game through injury on the weekend, Carl Valeri was forced off after just 25 minutes in Grosseto-s 0-0 draw with Livorno.
Scott Chipperfield played a full game for FC Basel in a 2-1 loss against Young Boys in Switzerland; Brett Holman came on as a late substitute for AZ Alkmaar in a 5-2 win at Willem II and Jason Culina stayed on the bench in PSV-s 1-0 win over FC Volendam.
Michael Petkovic continues his good form in goals with Sivasspor, as they upset Turkish giant Fenerbahce 2-1; while Bruce Djite and James Troisi did not feature for Genclerbirligi. Jacob Burns played a full game in Unirea Urziceni-s 2-0 win over FC Vaslui in Romania; while Shane Stefanutto played a full game in a 2-0 loss to Molde in Norway.
Meanwhile Josh Kennedy did not feature in Karlsruhe-s 2-1 win over Wolfsburg because of injury, while Chris Coyne remained on the bench for Colchester United in a 4-3 win over Tranmere.
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