Australians Abroad round-up: Scott McDonald scores on return, Mathew Leckie makes comeback from injury

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

After a host of strong performances at the end of September, Australian footballers came back down to earth with a thud last week.

None of the Australian's in the English Premier League managed to notch a win, with Brett Holman's Aston Villa losing 2-0 to Tottenham at White Hart Lane, with the Australia international's influence stifled by the powerful Spurs' midfield.

Mark Schwarzer would be fuming with a 2-2 result against Southampton on Saturday, with the equaliser coming from a set piece in the 90th minute.

The much-maligned Scott McDonald bucked the trend of poor performances in England, as he found the back of the net for Middlesbrough for the first time since February.

McDonald came on as a substitute in the 37th minute in the 2-1 win against Watford after defender Justin Hoyte injured his hamstring, and the Australian took his chance in the 77th minute when he dummied once before shooting across the goalkeeper from just inside the box.

In Asia, it was the battle of the Australians in Korea as first Luke DeVere's Gyengnam drew 0-0 with Adrian Madaschi's Jeju United on Wednesday, then Alex Wilkinson's Jeonbuk Motors won 3-1 against Eddy Bosnar's Suwon Bluewings.



James Holland (Austria Vienna) – A productive 90 minutes for 'The Hoover' in his side's 1-1 draw with Sturm Graz on Monday.


Dino Djulbic (Guizhou Renhe) – Scored in the 38th minute of his side's 4-2 win over Joel Griffiths' Shanghai on Saturday.

Joel Griffiths (Shanghai Shenhua) – Also got on the scoresheet in Saturday's loss to Djulbic's Guizhou. His goal came in the 60th minute when Guizhou already had a comfortable three-goal lead.

Milan Susak (Tianjin Teda) –Played a full 90 in 1-0 away victory over Shanghai Shenxin on Saturday. The win leaves Tianjin only three points from fourth spot with three games to play.

Daniel Mullen (Dalian Aerbin) – Played out the 90 minutes in his side's 3-1 win over Beijing Guoan on Saturday.


Brent McGrath (Brondby) – Was left out of the squad for Brondby’s 3-1 loss to Aalborg on Sunday.   


Premier League

Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – Played 90 minutes in a more central role during the 2-0 loss to Tottenham on Sunday. Villa have only five points from seven games this season and sit just two points above the relegation zone.

Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Was not in the squad for the 2-0 loss to Tottenham on Sunday.  

Brad Jones (Liverpool) – Watched Liverpool's 0-0 draw with Stoke City on Sunday from the bench.

Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Would not be happy to concede the equaliser in the 90th minute of Fulham's 2-2 draw with Southampton on Saturday.

Adam Federici (Reading) –Not in the squad for the 2-2 draw with Swansea City on Saturday.


Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – Was not in the squad for Saturday's 2-0 loss to Leicester City after playing 69 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Milwall on Tuesday.

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Back-to-back 90-minute efforts, first in the 2-1 win over Wolverhampton on Tuesday and then again in the 4-3 win over Burnley on Saturday. 

Massimo Luongo (Ipswich) – Came on in the 73rd minute of the 2-1 loss to Cardiff City on Saturday after being left on the bench in Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.

Shane Lowry (Milwall) Was shown yellow once again, this time in the 1-1 draw with Brostol City on Tuesday. He did not play in the 2-1 win over Bolton on Saturday.

Paddy Kisnorbo (Leeds) – Was not in the squad in Saturday's 1-0 victory against Barnsley.

Sebastian Usai (Blackburn) – Once again was not in the squad for the 1-0 loss to Wolverhampton on Saturday.

Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) - Scored the winning goal in the 2-1 win over Watford on Saturday after coming on as a first-half substitute.



Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Düsseldorf) – Received a yellow card in the 1-0 loss to Mainz on Saturday. Played the full 90 minutes on the right hand side.

Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05)Watched the whole game from the bench as Mainz triumphed 1-0 against Kruse's Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday.

Mitchell Langerak(Borussia Dortmund) – Was left on the bench for both the 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Wednesday and the 1-1 draw with Hannover 96 on Sunday.


McDonald had not played for Middlesbrough since April and had not scored since February, so it came as a huge relief to both the striker, and Australian fans, when he got the monkey off his back against Watford on Saturday. McDonald came on in the 38th minute and made the most of his opportunity, putting his side ahead in the 77th minute with a classy finish.  


Despite being in the Socceroos squad for the forthcoming game against Iraq, North was not considered for Consadole Sapporo, the worst side in the J League, for their match against Urawa Reds on Saturday. In a cruel twist of fate for North, Consadole won for the first time in eight matches, beating the league leaders 2-1.

Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund) – Stayed on the bench in the reserve team's 2-1 loss to Chemnitzer FC on Saturday.

2. Bundesliga

Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – Back from injury and came on in the 58th minute of the 1-1 draw with Paderborn on Friday.


Apostolis (Paul) Giannou (PAOK) – Was on the bench in the 1-1 draw with OFI on Saturday.


Adam Sarota (Utrecht) – Played the full 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Ajax on Sunday.

Tommy Oar (Utrecht) – Used as an attacking midfielder just behind the strikers in the 1-1 draw on Saturday. Once again played the full 90 minutes and is getting plenty of game time this season.   

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

Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Was in the squad in Heracles’ 3-0 win over PEC Zwolle on Saturday.


Mark Griffin (Dundalk) – Missing in Saturday's 1-0 loss to St Patrick's. Dundalk have not scored a goal since Griffin found the back of the net five matches ago, and they now sit last.


Serie A

James Troisi (Atalanta) – Watched from the bench as Atalanta went down 2-0 to Roma on Saturday.

Serie B

Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Was not in the squad for the 2-1 win over Grosseto on Saturday. 


Joshua Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus) – Was not in the squad for the 0-0 draw with Albirex Niigata on Saturday. Kennedy's contract runs out in November and he could well be looking for a new club by then. 

Jade North (Consadole Sapporo) – Did not play in his side's surprise 2-1 win over Uruwa Reds on Saturday. 


Eddy Bosnar (Suwon Bluewings) - Missed Saturday's 1-0 win over Busan I'Park due to suspension.

Adrian Madaschi (Jeju United) – Played 90 minutes in defence in the 0-0 draw with Gyeongnam on Wednesday.

Robbie Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons) – Was yellow carded in the 0-0 draw with Gangwon on Wednesday and then came on in the 52nd minute of the 2-2 draw with Daegu on Saturday. Chunnam have drawn three of their past five matches and could be ruing those missed opportunities because they sit four points off fourth position.

Matt Simon (Chunnam Dragons) – Was not in the squad for either of the Dragons' two game last week.  

Matt McKay (Busan I'Park) – Spent 90 minutes in midfield in the 1-0 loss to Bosnar's Suwon Bluewings on Saturday.  

Brendan Hamill (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma) – Played 80 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Incheon on Saturday.   

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

Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam) – Played 90 minutes in the scoreless draw with Madaschi's Jeju on Wednesday, and then played another 90 in the 1-0 loss to Seoul on Saturday.  


Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Was not in the squad for his side's 0-0 draw with Pacos de Ferreira on Saturday.


Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Did not play in the 2-1 win over El Jaish on Saturday.  

Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Al Gharafa face Lekhwiya on Monday so Bresciano had the weekend off.    


Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow) – Was not in the squad for the 2-0 loss to league leaders Anzhi Makhachkala on Sunday.


Ryan McGowan (Hearts) – Hearts lost their second consecutive match, this time going down to Celtic 1-0 on Sunday. McGowan played 90 minutes in midfield.  

Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – Watched the loss to Celtic from the bench.


Eli Babalj (Red Star Belgrade) – Even after scoring his first goal last week, Babalj was left on the bench until the 70th minute in Red Star's 2-1 triumph over Javor Ivanjica on Wednesday and then did not play in the 3-0 loss to Spartak Subotika on Sunday.


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

Alex Brosque (Al Ain) – Came on in the 60th minute as his new side romped home to a 7-0 win over Al Dhafra. A good start in his first game with his new club.


Tim Cahill (NY Red Bulls) – Played 90 minutes in midfield in the disappointing 2-0 loss to Chicago Fire on Saturday.
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