Australians abroad round-up: Holman stars, Babalj scores debut Red Star goal

Kieran Jones compiles's concise Australians Abroad round-up for this week, from the UK and Europe to Asia and the Americas Indonesia   By KIERAN JONES

There may not have been many Australians abroad who scored last week, but there were plenty who made a big impact on the pitch nonetheless.

Brett Holman was one of the best for Aston Villa in their 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Sunday and was constructive in midfield, also threatening when he went forward.

Holman has become a favourite for Villa manager Paul Lambert since crossing from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in the European summer transfer period, and has cemented his spot in the midfield in the first part of the 2012-13 season.

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Australian fans would dearly like to see Chris Herd play alongside Holman, and it almost happened when Herd played 72 minutes in the League Cup win over Manchester City on Tuesday.  Holman did not play in the 4-2 victory.

In Italy, James Troisi made his Serie A starting debut for Atalanta in their 2-1 loss to Catania last Wednesday. The 24-year-old midfielder played 66 minutes in the loss.

Elsewhere, Eli Babalj scored his first goal for Red Star Belgrade since leaving Melbourne Heart for Serbia.

Babalj came on in the 84th minute and scored four minutes late in the 3-1 win over Smederevo when a series of through balls on the right hand side opened up space for the striker on the left, who comfortably slipped the ball pass the goalkeeper.



James Holland (Austria Vienna) – Did not come off the bench for Wednesday’s cup game, which Vienna won 3-2 over Dornbirn, but played 90 minutes against Wolfsberger AC on Saturday in the 1-1 draw.


Dino Djulbic (Guizhou Renhe) – Played 90 minutes in defence in the 1-0 loss to Guangzhou on Sunday.

Joel Griffiths (Shanghai Shenhua) – Came off in the 92nd minute after playing alongside Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka up front in Friday's 2-1 win over Henan.

Milan Susak (Tianjin Teda) – Did not play in the 1-0 victory over Liaoning Whowin.   

Daniel Mullen (Dalian Aerbin) – Was on the pitch for the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 triumph over Jiangsu Sanity on Sunday.  


Brent McGrath (Brondby) – Was left out of the squad for Brondby’s 3-2 loss to Randers in the Superliga on Sunday.


English Premier League

Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – Played his best game of the season on Sunday in the 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, but was not in the squad for Tuesday’s 4-2 League Cup win over Manchester City.

Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Came on in the 72nd minute of the extra-time win in the League Cup on Tuesday. He was not in the squad for the draw on Sunday.

Brad Jones (Liverpool) – Was in goals for the 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion in Wednesday's League Cup fixture, but soiled a solid performance by fumbling a free kick to that led to the goal. Watched from the bench in Saturday’s 5-2 victory over Norwich city.

Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Could not do much about either of the goals in the 2-1 loss to Manchester City on Saturday.

Adam Federici (Reading) –Reading drew 2-2 with Newcastle on Saturday and won 3-2 over Queens Park Rangers in the League Cup on Wednesday but Federici did not play either game.


Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – Played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in the 3-2 loss to Leeds on Saturday.

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Played a full match in the 1-0 win over Bolton on Saturday.  

Massimo Luongo (Ipswich) – Came on in the 46th minute of the 1-1 draw with Barnsley and was one of four Ipswich players to be given a yellow card in the second half.  

Shane Lowry (Millwall) - Was shown yellow in the 80th minute of the 2-2 draw with Burnley on Saturday, and Millwall will need to improve if they are to avoid relegation. They sit 21st on the Championship table.

Paddy Kisnorbo (Leeds) – Was an unused substitute in the 2-1 upset win over the more fancied Everton in the League Cup on Tuesday. Left out of the squad for the 3-2 win against Bristol City on Saturday.

Sebastian Usai(Blackburn) – Not in the squad for Blackburn's 1-1 draw with Charlton on Saturday.


Holman has endeared himself to the Aston Villa faithful with his hard work and pressure at both ends of the park, and put in his best performance against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Holman was unlucky to have two very good shots blocked by West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster and was judged by many to be man of the match in the 1-1 draw.


It is rare for both the Good and Bad Players of the Week to come from matches against the same club, but that is what happened when Liverpool played West Brom in the League Cup on Wednesday. Jones had a chance to prove himself when regular Reds No.1 Pepe Reina did not play, but made a error to give West Bromwich the lead in the third minute. Luckily for Jones, Liverpool went on to win 2-1, but he was once again on the bench for Saturday’s 5-2 win over Norwich.



Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – Played a full match on the right-hand side in the 2-2 draw with Schalke 04 on Friday, and was pivotal in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Greuther Furth. Was involved in the second goal after a Greuther error allowed Kruse to begin the play which ended with a score. Kruse was substituted in the 64th minute.

Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05)Mainz beat Wolfsburg 2-0 on Sunday and Rukavytsa played a full game up front. He was also on the pitch for 59 minutes in the 3-0 loss to Schalke 04 on Tuesday. 

Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – Was left on the bench as his side won 5-0 over Borussia Monchengladbach. Dortmund sit in third spot on the table.

Mustafa Amini
(Borussia Dortmund) – Came on in the 62nd minute for the reserves side in their Preussen Munster on Saturday.  

2. Bundesliga

Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – Was not in the squad for the 3-0 loss to Aelen on Friday.


Apostolis (Paul) Giannou (PAOK) – Was left watching from the bench on Sunday against Aris in a spiteful encounter which saw ten yellow card and three reds. PAOK eventually won 4-1.


Adam Sarota (Utrecht) – was substituted in the 82nd minute in the match against Vitesse on Saturday, which Utrecht lost 2-1.

Tommy Oar (Utrecht) – Played as an attacking midfielder just behind the strikers. Despite the loss, Oar had a good game and was constructive for the full 90 minutes.  

Michael Zullo (Utrecht) – Watched the loss from the bench.

Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – was not included in the squad in Heracles' 3-3 draw with ADO Den Haag on Saturday.


Mark Griffin (Dundalk) – Missed a match through suspension as a result of the red card he received last Saturday. Dundalk ended up getting hammered 7-0 by Shamrock Rovers so Griffin will be a welcome addition when Dundalk take on Derry City on Tuesday.  


Serie A

James Troisi (Atalanta) – Made his Serie A starting debut in the 2-1 loss to Catania on Wednesday. Had an early shot at goal, but was taken off in the 66th minute. Remained on the bench for the 5-1 loss to Torino on Sunday.

Serie B

Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Was not in the squad for the match against Ascoli on Saturday, which Sassuolo won 1-0.


Joshua Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus) – On the wrong end of a 5-0 thumping at the hands of Albirex Niigata and was substituted at half-time in a pretty dirty day for Nagoya.

Jade North (Consadole Sapporo) – Played the full 90 minutes, but Consadole were once again beaten, this time 1-0 at the hands of Kawasaki Frontale on Saturday.   


Eddy Bosnar (Suwon Bluewings) – Was red carded in the 75th minute of the 3-1 loss to Jeonbuk Motors on Wednesday.

Adrian Masachi (Jeju United) – Played 90 minutes in defence in a much needed 2-1 victory over the Pohang Steelers on Thursday.

Robbie Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons) – Chunnam lost 1-0 to Daejeon Citizen on Thursday and Cornthwaite played 90 minutes in defence.

Matt Simon (Chunnam Dragons) – Did not play in the Dragons' win.

Matt McKay (Busan I'Park) – Was one of three Busan players to get red carded in the 1-0 loss to Luke DeVere's Gyeongnam.  

Brendan Hamill (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma) – Was left on the bench in his side's 1-0 loss to Daegu on Wednesday. 

Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Motors) – Came on at half-time in the 3-1 win over Eddy Bosnar's Suwon Bluewings and was solid in defence.

Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam) – Played 81 minutes in his second game back from injury and helped his side to a 1-0 win over Busan I'Park.


Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Was not in the squad for the 1-1 draw with Beira-Mar on Sunday.


Matt Spiranovic
(Al Arabi) – Was shown yellow in the 90th minute of the 1-1 draw with Al Gharafa on Saturday.

Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Came off in the 66th minute in the draw with Matt Spiranovic’s side.  


Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow) – Played 90 minutes and was given a yellow cad as Dinamo overcame CSKA Moscow 2-0 on Sunday.


Ryan McGowan (Hearts) – Played 90 minutes in midfield but it was not a good day for Hearts, who lost 3-1 to Kilmarnock on Saturday.  

Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – After making his debut last weekend, watched from the bench in the loss to Kilmarnock.


Eli Babalj (Red Star Belgrade) – Scored his first goal for Red Star on Saturday after coming on in the 84th minute in the 3-1 win over Smederevo.


Lucas Neill (Al Wasl) – Played 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Al Nasr on Saturday.


Tim Cahill (NY Red Bulls) – Was influential in midfield in the 4-1 win over Toronto on Sunday. The Red Bulls sit in second and sit five points behind Sporting KC.

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