|By ALAN NICOLEA
Although most of Europe's major leagues resumed action on the weekend, the best-performing Australians were still located in the United Kingdom, with Adam Federici yet again leading the way with his consistent performances in the English Premier League.
At a time where most Australia internationals are struggling for form or playing time abroad, Federici continues to go from strength to strength at Reading FC.
Federici was once again exceptional against Tottenham in the Premier League, keeping Reading in the contest before they fell 3-1 against the in-form London club.
He was also solid in the FA Cup win over Crawley Town and is undoubtedly enjoying a rich vein of form that should see him heavily considered for a Socceroos birth when the AFC 2014 World Cup qualifiers resume in March.
Fellow fringe Socceroos goalkeeper Brad Jones also got a rare start for Liverpool FC in the FA Cup and did not disappoint in the 2-1 win over Mansfield Town.
Although Liverpool dominated the encounter, Jones still produced several vital saves when called upon and will be pleased to finally get some action after warming the bench of late after the return of Pepe Reina from injury.
In the Championship, Mile Jedinak and Shane Lowry continue to be rewarded for their consistency with permanent starting spots for Crystal Palace and Millwall respectively.
In Portugal's Primeira Liga, Caleb Patterson-Sewell has regained the No.1 jersey at Vitoria Setubal, but his side lost 4-2 to Academica to remain in the relegation zone.
On-loan Sydney FC attacker Nick Carle, meanwhile, continues to set the standard for Australians playing in the Middle East, helping maintain Bani Yas' domination of the Emirates 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
Adam Federici (Reading) – Continued his strong form for Reading in the 3-1 loss against Tottenham on Tuesday. Made several sharp saves against a Tottenham outfit that peppered the Reading goal. Was also solid in the 3-1 victory over Crawley Town in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Brad Jones (Liverpool FC) – Was on the bench as Liverpool secured a 3-0 win over Sunderland on Wednesday. Was dependable in the 2-1 victory over Mansfield Town in the FA Cup on Monday.
Brett Holman (Aston Villa) –Started on the bench but came on for the final 22 minutes in Aston Villa’s 2-2 draw with Swansea on Tuesday. Was not in the squad as Aston Villa secured a 2-1 win over Ipswich Town in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Played the full 90 minutes in Aston Villa's 2-2 draw against Swansea. Herd was not in the squad as Aston Villa beat Ipswich Town 2-1 in the FA Cup.
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – The goalkeeper was not in the squad as Fulham recorded a vital 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday due to injury. Was also absent in Fulham's 1-1 draw against Blackpool in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Sebastian Usai (Blackburn Rovers) – Was on the bench as Blackburn Rovers defeated Nottingham Forest 3-0 at home on Tuesday. Was not in the squad in the 2-0 win over Bristol City in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Played 90 minutes and was productive in Crystal Palace's 3-1 win over Wolverhampton on Tuesday. Also played 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw against Stoke City in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Patrick Kisnorbo (Ipswich Town) – Has joined the Tractor Boys on-loan and played 90 minutes in his debut on Saturday, in a 2-1 loss to Aston Villa in the FA Cup.
Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – Was not in the squad as Bristol City lost 2-1 to Millwall away from home on Tuesday. Was also absent in the 2-0 loss to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Shane Lowry (Millwall) – Played 90 minutes and was solid in defence in Millwall's 2-1 win over Bristol City on Tuesday. Also layed 90 minutes again in the 1-0 win over Preston North End in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) – Was replaced at half-time for Ishmael Miller as Middlesbrough slumped to a 3-1 loss to Derby County on Tuesday. Could not get off the bench in the 4-1 victory over Hastings United in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) – Played 90 minutes in defence in Middlesbrough's 3-1 loss to Derby County. Also played 90 minutes in the 4-1 win over Hastings United in the FA Cup.
Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – Fortuna Dusseldorf did not play on the weekend
Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05) – Mainz 05 did not play on the weekend
Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – Borussia Dortmund did not play on the weekend
Mustafi Amini (Borussia Dortmund) – Borussia Dortmund did not play on the weekend.
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Apostolis Giannou (PAOK Thessaloniki) – Netted the third goal of PAOK's 4-1 league win over Panthrakikos in the 87th minute, having come on just nine minutes earlier.
Adam Sarota (Utrecht FC) – Utrecht FC did not play on the weekend
Tommy Oar (Utrecht FC) – Utrecht FC did not play on the weekend
Michael Zullo (Utrecht FC) - Utrecht FC did not play on the weekend
Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Heracles Almelo did not play on the weekend
James Troisi (Atalanta) – Was on the bench as Atalanta lost 1-0 to Chievo in the Serie A on Monday.
Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Sassuolo did not play on the weekend
Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Played 90 minutes in Vitoria Setubal's 4-2 loss to Academica on Sunday.
Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Al Arabi did not play on the weekend
Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Al Gharafa did not play on the weekend
Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal) – Umm Salal did not play on the weekend
Luke Wilkshere (Dinamo Moscow) – Dinamo Moscow did not play on the weekend
Ryan McGowan (Hearts) – Was not in the squad as Hearts drew 0-0 against Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League, amid the news he is close to sealing a move to Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng.
Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – Played 90 minutes in Hearts 0-0 draw against Hibernian on Sunday.
Alex Brosque (Al Ain) – Al Ain did not play on the weekend
Nick Carle (Bani Yas) – Played 90 minutes and performed well as Bani Yas secured a 4-2 win over Al Dhafra in the Emirates Cup on Sunday.
Lucas Neill (Al Wasl) – Played 90 minutes but was booked in Al Wasl's 1-0 loss to Al Ittihad Kalba in the Emirates Cup on Friday.
Richard Porta (Dubai) – Did not play in Dubai's 1-1 draw against Al Shaab in the Emirates Cup on Friday.