|By KIERAN JONES
England was the scene of the most excitement for Australians over the weekend, with plenty of goals scored and conceded.
Brett Holman helped to salvage a draw for his side against bottom-of-the-table Queens Park Rangers thanks to a goal in the eighth minute.
Holman’s goal - his first for the club - added to a good week for Australians at the club, with Chris Herd given a place in the starting side for only second time this season.
While Holman was busy scoring for Aston Villa, Adam Federici was busy picking the ball out of his own net in an exciting first half against Manchester United.
Federici, whose place as starting goalkeeper has been tenuous this season, could do little as Manchester United scored four goals in the first 45 minutes.
The Australian then tried some fancy footwork to get past Robin van Persie when clearing the ball in the 66th minute, only to lose possession and see the Dutch striker squander a golden opportunity.
Scott McDonald's good form for Middlesbrough continued as he scored three times in the week's two games.
Two of the goals came in a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Tuesday, while the other goal came in a 3-2 loss to Birmingham on Friday.
In Italy, James Troisi was in the starting XI for Atalanta in the fourth round of the Coppa Italia as they won 3-1 over Cesena.
A number of Australians finished their seasons in Korea as the K-League had its final round of matches over the weekend.
Alex Wilkinson, Robbie Cornthwaite, and Matt McKay are three of the Australians who will now have holidays from their clubs. Wilkinson's Jeonbuk Motors were the best placed of all the Australians' sides, finishing second behind Seoul.
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James Holland (Austria Vienna) – Did not play in the scoreless draw with Salzburg on Sunday due to his red card last week.
Brent McGrath (Brondby) - Came on in the 61st minute of the 3-0 loss to Nordsjaelland on Sunday.
Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – Scored in the eighth minute of the 1-1 draw with lowly Queens Park Rangers on Saturday after playing 68 minutes against Reading on Tuesday in a 1-0 win.
Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Had his chance in the starting side on Saturday and played 65 minutes on the left of midfield before being substituted. Did not play against Reading.
Brad Jones (Liverpool) - Watched the 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday from the bench. Also watched on during the 2-1 loss to Tottenham on Wednesday.
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Conceded three as Fulham fell 3-0 to Tottenham on Saturday, but kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Wednesday.
Adam Federici (Reading) – After a horror first-half when Reading conceded four goals, Federici managed to stop the charge in the second but his side still fell 4-3 to Manchester United on Saturday. Also played in the 1-0 loss to Brett Holman's Aston Villa on Tuesday.
Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – Kilkenny's side lost 4-1 to Wolverhampton on Saturday and he played 45 minutes before being substituted at half-time.
Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) – Scored a double in the 3-0 triumph over Huddersfield Town on Tuesday and backed it up with another goal in a 3-2 loss to Birmingham on Friday.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Played 90 minuted in Tuesday's 0-0 stalemate with Hull City then 84 minutes agains Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, which Palace won 3-0.
Paddy Kisnorbo (Leeds) – Did not play in either the 1-0 win over Leicester City on Tuesday or the 4-2 victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Shane Lowry (Millwall) - Lowry spent 90 minutes on the pitch in the scoreless draw with Charlton on Saturday after playing 90 on Tuesday against Wolverhampton in a 1-0 win.
Sebastian Usai (Blackburn) – Was not in the squad for the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Sunday or the 2-1 loss to Bolton on Wednesday.
Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – Received a yellow card as his side drew 1-1 with Mitch Langerak's Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday but did not play in Friday's 4-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05) – Came on in the 63rd minute of the 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – Did not play in the 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday or the 2-1 triumph over Hannover 96 on Saturday.
Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund) – On the bench for the reserve side on Saturday as they drew 1-1 with Osnabruck.
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Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – FSV had a 3-1 win over Bochum on Tuesday and Leckie played 72 minutes, before playing 90 minutes in the 2-1 loss to Eintracht Braunschweig on Sunday.
Apostolis (Paul) Giannou (PAOK) – Came on in the 77th minute of the scoreless draw with Veria on Sunday.
Adam Sarota (Utrecht) – Utrecht defeated AZ 2-1 on Sunday and Sarota played 90 minutes.
Tommy Oar (Utrecht) – Oar played 90 minutes in his side's victory.
Michael Zullo (Utrecht) – Had his first start of the season and played 90 minutes at left back.
Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Came on in the 56th minute as Heracles went down 2-0 to Groningen on Sunday.
James Troisi (Atalanta) – Played 90 minutes in the 3-1 fourth round of Coppa Italia win over Cesena on Wednesday but was left on the bench for the 2-1 league loss to Bologna on Sunday.
Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Did not play in the 3-3 draw with Bari on Saturday.
Joshua Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus) – Did not play in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Urawa Reds.
Jade North (Consadole Sapporo) – Did not play in the season-ending 4-1 loss to Albirex Nigata on Saturday.
The J-League season has now finished.
Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Motors) – Played a full match in the scoreless draw with Jeju on Sunday after 90 minutes in the 2-1 loss to Gyeongnam on Thursday.
Eddy Bosnar (Suwon Bluewings) – Played 90 minutes 3-0 loss to Pohang Steelers on Sunday after playing a full match in the 2-1 loss to Jeju on Thursday.
Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam) – Did not play in the win over Alex Wilkinson's Jeonbuk on Thursday or the 3-1 loss to Ulsan on Sunday.
Matt McKay (Busan I'Park) – Away on national duties so did not play in the 1-0 loss to Ulsan on Thursday or the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Seoul on Sunday.
Adrian Madaschi (Jeju United) – Played 90 minutes in both the 2-1 loss to Eddy Bosnar's Suwon Bluewings on Sunday and the 0-0 draw with Jeonbuk on Sunday.
Matt Simon (Chunnam Dragons) – Did not play in the 3-1 win over Daejeon Citizen on Thursday or the 1-0 loss to Gwangju on Saturday.
Robbie Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons) – Cornthwaite is away on national duties but played in the 3-1 win over Daejeon on Thursday.
Brendan Hamill (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma) – Did not play in the 1-0 loss to Gangwon on Wednesday.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Vitoria face Estoril on Friday after having a week off.
Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Spiranovic's first game in a month was a 3-1 loss to Lekhwiya on Saturday. Spiranovic played 90 minutes.
Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Bresciano played 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Al Sadd on Friday.
Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal) – Received a yellow card in the 3-2 loss to Qatar SC on Friday.
Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow) – Did not play in the 3-0 win over Rubin Kazan on Saturday due to injury.
Ryan McGowan (Hearts) – Played 90 minutes in the 1-0 loss to Hibernian on Sunday after playing a full match in the 4-0 loss to Celtic on Wednesday.
Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – Started on the pitch against Celtic but was substituted after 62 minutes. Was left on the bench against Hibernian.
Eli Babalj (Red Star Belgrade) – Babalj in on national duties so did not play in the 3-0 loss to Vojvodina on Saturday.
Lucas Neill (Al Wasl) – Did not play in his side’s 3-1 win over Al Ittihad Kalba on Friday.
Alex Brosque (Al Ain) – Played 90 minutes as his side won 2-1 over Al Shaab on Friday.
Richard Porta (Dubai) – Dubai had a 1-1 draw with Al Jazira on Thursday and Porta played 90 minutes.
Nick Carle (Bani Yas) – Came off in the 88th minute as his side won 3-1 over Al Dharfra on Thursday.