|By KIERAN JONES
Coming off a 2-1 loss to Jordan in last Wednesday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier, there were a few Australians out to redeem themselves over the weekend.
Brett Holman was once again useful in Aston Villa's 2-0 win over Swansea City on Sunday in the English Premier League.
Holman played in right midfield and gave great support to his right-back Matthew Lowton in the first half.
Lowton scored in the 16th minute but it was Holman's defensive pressure which allowed the partnership to work.
Holman and Lowton functioned well again on the right-hand side in the second half as Villa surged, and although the latter was the one who made it on to the scoresheet, the experienced Socceroo received a rapturous applause from the home fans when he was substituted in the 79th minute.
In Utrecht, Australian trio Tommy Oar, Adam Sarota and Michael Zullo were part of a triumph against the odds on Sunday. Down to nine men with ten minutes to play against PSV, Utrecht hung on to their slender lead and won 1-0, with the Australians instrumental in the win.
Tim Cahill's New York Red Bulls were once again triumphant and have only lost once since he joined the side from Everton.
There may have been some residual anger left in Cahill from Wednesday's loss to Jordan, as he was shown a yellow card in the win.
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James Holland (Austria Vienna) – Played another 90 minutes in a strong 4-2 win for Vienna on Sunday. Looks to have cemented his spot in midfield as his side continue their winning form - that win makes it five in a row for Holland's team.
Joel Griffiths (Shanghai Shenhua) – Is still managing to get a game in attack, even with Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba in the side. Did not score in the 3-0 win, but played 89 minutes in a solid display.
Milan Susak (Tianjin Teda) - Did not play in his side's 1-1 draw with Dalian Shide on Friday.
Daniel Mullen (Dalian Aerbin) – Played the full 90 minutes in Dalian's scoreless draw with Guangzhou Evergrande on Thursday.
Brent McGrath (Brondby) – Was not in the squad for Brondby's 2-2 draw with Horsens on Sunday.
English Premier League
Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – Was substituted in the 79th minute of the 2-0 victory against Swansea on Saturday. A workman-like performance.
Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Was not in the side for the win against Swansea. It would be good for Australian fans to see Herd and Holman start in the same side soon.
Brad Jones (Liverpool) – Reserve goalkeeper in the 1-1 stalemate with Sunderland on Saturday.
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Kept a clean sheet in the 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. Fulham now jump to eighth on the English Premier League table.
Adam Federici (Reading) – After a horror couple of weeks Federici, was dropped for the game against Tottenham. After the clash with Spurs, Reading boss Brian McDermott said Federici had been trouble by injury and form problems. "It was a tactical decision but Adam has also got an issue with his knee so we need to have a real good look at that and get it sorted," McDermott told the club's website.
Rhys Williams (Middlesborough) – Underwent ankle surgery last week and will be sidelined for up to four months.
Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – Left on the bench in his team's 5-3 loss to Blackburn on Saturday.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Played 90 minutes in midfield in the 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic on Friday, but was yellow carded during the game.
Massimo Luongo (Ipswich) – Came on in the 72nd minute but could not influence the result as Ipswich went down 2-0 to Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) – Left out of the squad in the 2-0 win over Ipswich.
Shane Lowry (Millwall) – Spent 90 minutes in midfield as Milwall were hammered 4-1 on Saturday by a strong Hull City outfit.
Paddy Kisnorbo (Leeds) – Was an unused substitute again in the 2-1 loss to Cardiff City on Saturday.
Sebastian Usai(Blackburn) – Not in the squad for Blackburn's 5-3 win over Bristol City on Saturday.
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Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – A 0-0 draw for Dusseldorf but Kruse played 90 minutes in an attacking performance on the right wing.
Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05) – was left unused on the bench in the 3-1 loss to Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday.
Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – Played for the reserve side on Saturday, who drew 1-1 with the Stuttgarter Kickers.
Mohammad Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund) – Came on in the 64th minute for the reserves to play alongside Langerak in the 1-1 draw.
Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – Was not included in the squad for the 2-2 draw with Energie Cottbus on Friday.
Apostolis (Paul) Giannou (PAOK) – Started on the bench but came on in the 82nd minute in the 2-1 win against Asteras Tripolis on Sunday. His side are sitting third on the table.
Adam Sarota (Utrecht) – Played 78 minutes in the stirring 1-0 victory over Eredivisie powerhouse PSV on Sunday. Utrecht held on to the slender lead despite being reduced to nine men with ten minutes to play.
Tommy Oar (Utrecht) – Surely must get an Australia call-up soon. Was pivotal in the win, earning credit for the assist which led to the match-winning goal.
Michael Zullo (Utrecht) – Came on in second-half stoppage time for his close friend Oar.
Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Was credited with an assist as Heracles won 2-1 over NAC Breda on Sunday.
Mark Griffin (Dundalk) – In wonderful scoring form. Found the back of the net again in the 1-0 win over Bohemians on Friday.
James Troisi (Atalanta) – Was left on the bench in Atalanta's 1-0 away win over AC Milan on Saturday.
Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Was not in the squad for the 2-1 win over Pro Vercelli on Saturday.
Joshua Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus) – An eventful Saturday at the office for the striker, who yellow carded early in the second half, then went on to score in the 68th minute. Nagoya won 2-0 against Cerezo Osaka and sit only six points from top spot.
Jade North (Consadole Sapporo) – had to watch on from the bench as his side lost 3-1 to Kashiwa Reysol on Saturday. Consadole are anchored to the bottom of the ladder and relegation is assured.
Alex Brosque (Shimizu S-Pulse) – Came on in the 57th minute in the 1-1 draw with Tokyo, but did not score.
Eddy Bosnar (Suwon Bluewings) – Played out the game in defence but his side went down 2-1 to Pohang Steelers.
Robbie Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons) – Had a 1-1 draw against Gwangju on Saturday and played the full 90 minutes.
Matt Simon (Chunnam Dragons) – Was not in the squad for Saturday's clash with Gwangju.
Matt McKay (Busan I'Park) – Played all game in midfield in 2-0 loss to Seoul.
Brendan Hamill (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma) – The 19-year-old defender has settled in well since transferring from Melbourne Heart. He played 85 minutes on Saturday but his side lost 2-1 to Daejeon Citizen.
Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Played 90 minutes in his debut for Al Arabi in their 2-1 loss to Al Saad on Friday.
Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow) – Backed up on Sunday for Dinamo after playing for the Socceroos on Wednesday but was part of another loss, this time 1-0 to Rostov.
Ryan McGowan (Hearts) – It was a disappointing day for McGowan as Hearts went down 2-0 to St Mirren on Saturday. McGowan played 90 minutes.
Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – Watched the loss from the bench. Has not yet had any time on the pitch for the first XI.
Eli Babalj (Red Star Belgrade) – Was left on the bench as Red Star lost 3-0 to FK Radnicki on.
The UAE Pro-League have had a three-week break, but both Mark Bresciano (Al Nasr) and Lucas Neill (Al Wasl) will be back in action this week.
Tim Cahill (NY Red Bulls) – Was yellow carded in the 3-1 win over Columbus Crew on Saturday.