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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

Once again, the United Kingdowm was home to the best-performing Australians last week.

Aston Villa seem to have put a bad start to the season behind them, with Brett Holman leading his side to a 4-1 win over Norwich City in the League Cup on Tuesday and backing up with a 90-minute effort on Saturday in their 3-1 win in the English Premier League over Liverpool.

The win against the Reds at Anfield was Villa's third victory in five games, and Holman and Chris Herd have both eased the relegation fears of earlier in the season with their good form.

At the other end of the spectrum, Australian gloveman Adam Federici has had a tough month at Reading.

The loss to Sunderland on Tuesday was the fifth-straight defeat for Reading and they now sit last on the Premier League table.

Further north, Scott McDonald scored again for Championship club Middlesbrough in a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton - the goal coming in the 94th minute.

In Portugal, Caleb Patterson-Sewell's Vitoria Setubal were due to face Porto on Friday, but the match was postponed because of torrential rain.

Eli Babalj will also have a break now with football in Serbia suspended until March because of the winter chill. Luke Wilkshire's Dinamo Moscow also go on hiatus as winter kicks in in Russia.

In the United Arab Emirates, Nick Carle's Bani Yas defeated Lucas Neill's Al Wasl 3-1 on Sunday to continue the latters' rollercoaster start to the season.



James Holland (Austria Vienna) – Substituted in the 46th minute through injury as his side recorded a 3-1 win over Sturm Graz on Sunday.


Brent McGrath (Brondby) – Brondby did not play on the weekend.


Premier League

Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – Scored in the 4-1 win over Norwich City in the League Cup on Tuesday but came off in the 72nd minute.  Was also withdrawn, after 69 minutes, in the 3-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday but was heavily involved in two goals.

Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Played 90 minutes in Tuesday's win and backed it up with a full match in the victory over Liverpool.

Brad Jones (Liverpool) – Was on the bench for the loss to Aston Villa on Saturday, but has signed a new long-term deal at the club.

Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Fulham gave Queens Park Rangers their first win of the season with a 2-1 on Saturday and Schwarzer played the full 90 minutes.

Adam Federici (Reading) – Reading lost their fifth-straight game, to Sunderland, last Tuesday and Federici played the whole match.  Reading face Arsenal on Monday.


Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – Did not play in the 2-0 loss to Derby County on Saturday.

Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) – Had a 1-0 loss to Swansea City in the League Cup on Wednesday but then scored in the 94th minute of a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton on Saturday.

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Did not play in his side’s 2-2 draw with Birmingham City on Saturday through suspension.

Paddy Kisnorbo (Leeds) – Not in the side as Leeds won 2-0 over Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Shane Lowry (Millwall) – Millwall had a 1-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday and Lowry played 90 minutes.

Sebastian Usai (Blackburn) – Was not in the squad for Blackburn's 2-0 loss to Blackpool on Saturday.


Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – A 2-1 win for Fortuna but Kruse was not in the side for Saturday's win through suspension.

Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05) Not in the squad for the 3-1 win over Stuttgart on Saturday. Rukavytsya has not played since November.

Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – Dortmund had a 3-1 triumph over Hoffenheim on Sunday, with Langerak on the bench.

Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund) – Did not play in Sunday's win.


Holman continued to impress for Villa with two good performances last week, first scoring in the 4-1 League Cup win over Norwich City on Tuesday then playing 90 minutes in the 3-1 win over Liverpool. With Chris Herd now settled in in defence, it seems Aston Villa has invested in two very effective Australians.


Federici gets the dishonour this week mainly because of the side of which he is a part. Reading have lost their last five games in a stretch where Federici has conceded 12 goals, and they now sit last in the Premier League.  

2. Bundesliga

Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – Leckie's consistency continued with 90 positive minutes in a 2-1 loss to Hertha BSC on Saturday.


Apostolis (Paul) Giannou (PAOK) – back on the scoresheet for PAOK as they recorded a 3-1 win over Aiginiakos on Thursday in the Greek Cup.


Adam Sarota (Utrecht) – Was yellow carded in the 72nd minute of a 3-1 win over Heerenveen on Sunday.

Tommy Oar (Utrecht) – Played 90 minutes alongside Sarota on Sunday in the win. The victory takes Utrecht to sixth spot.

Michael Zullo (Utrecht) – Did not play in Sunday's win.  

Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Heracles went down 3-2 to Twente on Friday and Davidson watched on from the bench.


Serie A

James Troisi (Atalanta) – Was on the bench for the 3-0 loss to Juventus on Sunday and came on in the 73rd minute of the 3-0 defeat at the hands of Roma in the Coppa Italia on Thursday.

Serie B

Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Did not play in the 3-1 win over Padova on Saturday.        


Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Vitoria's match against Porto was postponed due to heavy rain.


Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Was on for 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Al Wakrah on Friday.

Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Played 90 minutes as his side had a vital win over Qatar SC on Friday.

Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal) – Was solid for 90 minutes in defence as Umm Salal had a 2-1 win over Al Khor on Saturday.


Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow) – Moscow do not play again until March because of the winter break.


Ryan McGowan (Hearts) – Was yellow carded in the 58th minute of the 2-2 draw with St. Johnstone on Saturday.

Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – Came on at half-time of the draw.


Alex Brosque (Al Ain) – Played 90 minutes of the 2-0 win over Al Nasr on Sunday.

Nick Carle (Bani Yas) – Carle played all 90 minutes of the 3-1 win over Lucas Neill's Al Wasl on Sunday.  

Lucas Neill (Al Wasl) – Back on the park for 90 minutes, but his comeback was not enough to save Al Wasl from a 3-1 defeat by Bani Yas on Sunday.  

Richard Porta (Dubai) – Dubai were held to a 1-1 draw by Al Itiihad Kalba on Sunday and Porta played 90 minutes.

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