|By ALAN NICOLEA
It was a great week in front of goal for a host of Australia's stars in the Middle East, as Alex Brosque, Nick Carle and Sasa Ognenovski all found themselves on the scoresheet for their respective clubs.
Brosque is in terrific form at the moment as he scored a goal and produced an assist in Al Ain's 4-0 victory over Ajman in the United Arab Emirates Pro League.
Carle is also performing well for Bani Yas and was rewarded for his efforts with a penalty that he coolly converted in the 2-1 win over Al Ittihad Kalba.
In Qatar, Ognenovski stood tall for Umm Salal in their 3-1 loss to Al Rayyan, scoring a consolation goal courtesy of a powerful header.
In the English Premier League, Mark Schwarzer tried hard but could do little to prevent Manchester United from securing a dominant 4-1 victory over Fulham in the FA Cup.
Jason Davidson also struggled in the Eredivisie as Heracles was thumped 5-1 by league leaders PSV Eindhoven.
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James Holland (Austria Vienna) – Austria Vienna resumes their Bundesliga campaign in February.
Brent McGrath (Brondby) – Brondby resumes their Superliga campaign in March.
Adam Federici (Reading) – Was once again very solid and secured a clean sheet in Reading's 4-0 victory over Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Saturday. He denied Jamie Murphy with a good low stop after rushing from his line.
Brad Jones (Liverpool FC) – Started for Liverpool but was unable to stop Oldham Athletic from producing one of the great FA Cup upsets as they secured a 3-2 victory against the Premier League giants on Sunday. It was a match to forget for Jones, who let a regulation cross spill out of his arms for Oldham's second goal.
Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – On the bench as Aston Villa defeated Bradford City 2-1 in the League Cup on Tuesday. Despite the win, Villa was still eliminated from the tournament after losing 3-4 on aggregate. Was also on the bench for Villa in their 2-1 defeat to Millwall in the FA Cup on Friday.
Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Did not play in the 2-1 victory over Bradford City in the League Cup. Was also absent in the 2-1 loss to Millwall in the FA Cup and is likely to miss another six weeks with a foot problem.
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Toiled admirably in Fulham’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup on Saturday. Denied Nani and Wayne Rooney on several occasions and was unlucky not to save Ryan Giggs' penalty after diving the right way.
Sebastian Usai (Blackburn Rovers) – Was on the bench as Blackburn Rovers drew 1-1 with Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday and warmed the bench again in the 3-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Crystal Palace did not play on the weekend.
Patrick Kisnorbo (Ipswich Town) – Was on the bench as Ipswich Town lost 2-1 to Bristol City on Saturday.
Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – Played 82 minutes before being substituted for Marvin Elliott in Bristol City's 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town.
Shane Lowry (Millwall) – Missing as Millwall defeated Aston Villa 2-1 in the FA Cup.
Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) – Missed Middlesbrough's 2-1 victory over Aldershot in the FA Cup on Saturday due to a hamstring problem.
Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) – Missed Middlesbrough's 2-1 win over Aldershot in the FA Cup.
Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – Played 90 minutes in the 2-1 defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05) – Did not play in the 3-0 victory over Greuther Furth on Saturday.
Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – Was on the bench as Borussia Dortmund beat FC Nurnberg 3-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Mustafi Amini (Borussia Dortmund) – Did not play in the 3-0 victory over FC Nurnberg.
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Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – Frankfurt continues their season in February.
Apostolis Giannou (PAOK Thessaloniki) – Was absent in the 1-0 defeat to Xanthi on Sunday.
Giannis Simosis (Kerkyra) – Replaced Anastasios Agritis in the 63rd minute and was booked in the 0-0 draw with Xanthi on Monday.
Adam Sarota (Utrecht FC) – Played 64 minutes before being substituted for Yassin Ayoub in the 3-1 win over Willem II on Sunday.
Tommy Oar (Utrecht FC) – Did not play in the 3-1 win over Willem II
Michael Zullo (Utrecht FC) – Was on the bench as Utrecht secured a 3-1 victory over Willem II
Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Played 90 minutes but struggled in the 5-1 defeat to PSV Eindhoven on Saturday.
James Troisi (Atalanta) – Was on the bench as Atalanta lost 1-0 to AC Milan in the Serie A on Sunday.
Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Sassuolo did not play on the weekend
Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Was on the bench as Vitoria Setubal suffered a 3-0 home defeat to FC Porto on Thursday. Again an unused substitute in the 2-0 loss to Nacional on Sunday.
Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Played 90 minutes in the 1-0 loss to Al Khor in the Stars League on Tuesday. Did not play in the 1-1 draw with Al Gharafa on Sunday.
Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Played 90 minutes and was solid in the 3-1 victory over Al Kharitiyath in the Stars League on Tuesday. Played 81 minutes before being substituted for Omar Mahmoud in the 1-1 draw with Al Arabi.
Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal) – Played 90 minutes, was booked and scored off a powerful header in the 3-1 loss to Al Rayyan in the Stars League on Tuesday. Did not play in the 1-0 defeat to Al Sadd on Sunday.
Luke Wilkshere (Dinamo Moscow) – Dinamo Moscow resume their campaign in March.
Tomi Juric (NK Inter) – NK Inter resume their campaign in February.
Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – Hearts did not play on the weekend.
Kerem Bulut (Akhisar Belediyespor) – Made his debut for Akhisar Belediyespor after replacing Ahmet Cebe in the 77th minute in the 1-1 draw with Eskişehirspor on Tuesday. Replaced Cebe yet again in the 80th minute in the 1-0 defeat to Genclerbirligi on Sunday.
Ersan Gulum (Besiktas) – Did not feature in the 2-1 defeat to Galatasaray on Sunday due to injury.
Alex Brosque (Al Ain) – Brosque continues to perform very well for Al Ain. He played 90 minutes, scored his side's third goal and produced an assist as Al Ain thrashed Ajman 4-0 on Sunday.
Nick Carle (Bani Yas) – Played a vital role in the 2-1 win over Al Ittihad Kalba on Sunday, scoring a penalty right on halftime that ended up being the match winner for Bani Yas.
Dino Dulbic (Al Wahda) – Played 90 minutes and was booked in the 3-2 defeat to Al Shabab on Sunday.
Lucas Neill (Al Wasl) – Played 90 minutes and was booked in the 1-0 loss to Al Nasr on Sunday.
Richard Porta (Dubai) – Was back in the starting line-up for Dubai before being replaced late on by Faisal Ali in the 1-0 victory over Al Shaab on Sunday.