|By ALAN NICOLEA
The United Kingdom was once again home to the best performing Australians last week, with Adam Federeci the pick of the bunch thanks to his performances for Reading in the English Premier League.
Despite sitting last on the Premier League table, Reading pushed reigning champions Manchester City all the way at the Etihad on Saturday before eventually succumbing 1-0 on Saturday.
Federeci was outstanding in goal and was well on his way to earning a remarkable clean sheet, but was denied thanks to Gareth's Barry winner in the 93rd minute.
The narrow defeat was Reading's sixth loss in succession, but Federeci's performance between the posts against City would have certainly impressed Socceroos coach Holgier Osieck.
However, fellow Socceroos Brett Holman, Chris Herd and Mark Schwarzer all had weekends to forget, with Aston Villa and Fulham suffering heavy defeats to Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.
In the Championship, Shane Lowry provided an assist for Chris Wood to open the scoring for Millwall in their 2-2 draw against Bristol.
Elsewhere, Mark Bresciano was solid in Qatar as Al Gharafa secured a 3-1 against Al Wakrah, while Nick Carle scored a penalty for Bani Yas in their 2-0 win against Dubai in the UAE Presidents Cup.
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James Holland (Austria Vienna) - Austria Vienna did not play on the weekend.
Brent McGrath (Brondby) - Brondby did not play on the weekend.
English Premier League
Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – Had a tough night at the office against Chelsea, often turning over possession in midfield before being substituted in Aston Villa's 8-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday
Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Played 90 minutes against Chelsea and struggled in the midfield giving away a penalty and a free kick that led to goals.
Adam Federeci (Reading) – Played the whole match against Manchester City on Saturday and kept Reading in the game before Gareth Barry headed in the winner late on for the Premier League champions.
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – The Socceroos' No.1 had a match to forget in the Premier League as Liverpool crushed Fulham 4-0 on Saturday.
Bradley Jones (Liverpool FC) – Warmed the bench for Liverpool as the Premier League giants cruised to a 4-0 victory against Fulham on Saturday.
Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – Did not play in Bristol City's 1-1 draw against Ipswich Town on Saturday.
Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough)– Played 80 minutes but was unable to score as Middlesbrough went down 2-1 to Leeds United on Saturday.
Paddy Kisnorbo (Leeds United) – Was not in the squad as Leeds won 2-1 over Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Sebastian Usai (Blackburn Rovers) – Did not play on the weekend as Blackburn had to postpone their match against Brighton and Hove Albion due to heavy rain.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Played the full 90 minutes for Crystal Palace in their draw against Huddersfield Town on Saturday. He went closest to scoring a winner in the second half but his drive flew just over the bar.
Shane Lowry (Millwall) - Lowry played a key role for Millwall in their 2-2 draw with Bristol on Wednesday. The Australian defender assisted in Millwall's opening goal in the first half when he produced a fine low cross at the near post that striker Chris Wood diverted into the net.
Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – Was on the bench as Borussia Dortmund thumped Hannover 5-1 on Wednesday to progress to the quarter-finals of the DFB Pokal Cup.
Mustafi Amini (Borussia Dortmund) – Was left out of Borussia Dortmund's squad as the Bundesliga giants strolled to a 5-1 victory against Hannover in the German Cup on Wednesday.
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Nikita Rukavysta (Mainz 05) – Did not see any action for Mainz 05 in their 2-1 victory against FC Schalke in the DFB Pokal Cup on Wednesday.
Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – Played the full 90 minutes but was unable to get on the scoresheet for Fortuna Dusseldorf as they went down 2 nil against Kickers Offenbach in the DFB Pokal Cup on Wednesday.
Apostolos Giannou (PAOK Thessaloniki) – Came on as a substitute for PAOK Thessaloniki in their 3-1 away victory against PAS Giannena in the Greek Super League.
Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Started on the bench for Heracles Almelo but later came on in the 68th minute for striker Thomas Bruns late in the second half as Heracles secured a 3-1 win over NAC Breda in the KNVB BEKER Cup on Thursday. He then came on as a substitute in the 85th minute on Saturday as Heracles played out a 1-1 draw against PEC Zwolle in the Eredivisie.
Adam Sarota (FC Utrecht) – Played 90 minutes as FC Utrecht held on for a 0-0 draw against Dutch giants Ajax.
Tommy Oar (FC Utrecht) – Played 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw against Ajax but hardly saw possession as the Amsterdam giants dominated the encounter.
Michael Zullo (FC Utrecht) – Also played 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw against Ajax
James Troisi (Atalanta) – Did not play on Saturday as Atalanta secured a 1-1 draw against Udinese in the Serie A.
Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Was not in the squad as Sassuolo secured a 2-0 win against Virtus Lanciano on Sunday.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Made his first start for Setubal since August and kept a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw with Estoril in the Taca de Portugal.
Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal) – Played 40 minutes and was booked before being substituted late in the first half in Umm Salal's 1-0 loss to El Jaish on Saturday.
Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Produced a productive 90 minutes in the 3-1 victory against Al Wakrah on Saturday.
Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Produced a solid 45 minutes of football before being subbed early in the second half in Al Arabi's 4-2 win against Al Sadd on Saturday.
Luke Wilkshere (Dinamo Moscow) – Dinamo Moscow did not play on the weekend
Ryan McGowan (Hearts) – Hearts did not play on the weekend
Dylan McGowan (Hearts) - Hearts did not play on the weekend
Lucas Neill (Al Wasl) – Played 90 minutes on Thursday for Al Wasl who where eliminated from the Presidents Cup following a 2-1 extra time loss to Dibba Al Fujairah on Thursday.
Nick Carle (Bani Yas) - Was instrumental in Bani Yas's 2-0 win over Dubai in the Presidents Cup on Thursday, as he opened the scoring by winning and converting a penalty.
Alex Brosque (Al Ain) – Played well as Al Ain romped to a 4-0 victory over Al Fujairah in the Presidents Cup on Thursday.
Richard Porta (Dubai) – Saw little action in the Presidents Cup on Thursday as Dubai lost 2-0 to Bani Yas.