|By ALAN NICOLEA
Australia goalkeepers Adam Federici and Mark Schwarzer starred for English Premier League clubs Reading and Fulham respectively, despite contrasting fortunes for the clubs of each player.
Federici continues to go from strength to strength for Reading after producing a world-class performance against Manchester United in the FA Cup.
Despite losing 2-1, it was Federici who kept Reading in the contest after making fine saves to deny Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young in the first half.
Schwarzer, meanwhile, was just as good in goal for Fulham in their victory over Stoke City on Saturday, making several fine stops to deny Jonathan Walters and Peter Crouch respectively.
Australia defender Shane Lowry, however, had a weekend to forget in the English Championship after he was sent off in the heavy 5-1 home defeat to Peterborough United.
Lowry was shown a second yellow card after fouling Dwight Gayle in the second half to cap off a forgettable performance from the Australia defender, who missed the 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough through suspension.
Sadly, Curtis Good's Wembley dream ended in despair, with the former Melbourne Heart defender substituted at half-time in Bradford City's 5-0 loss to Swansea in the League Cup final on Sunday.
On-loan from Newcastle United, Good and his City team-mates had little answers for Swansea.
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Federici makes one of several superb stops - this one from Ashley Young - in Reading's FA Cup loss to Manchester United.
James Holland (Austria Vienna) – Played 90 minutes and was solid in the 4-0 victory over Admira on Saturday
Brent McGrath (Brondby) – Brondby resumes their Superliga campaign in March.
Adam Federici (Reading) – Was in top form yet again for Reading in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday, making two world-class saves to deny Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young in the first half. Also performed admirably in the 3-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic on Saturday, denying Franco Di Santo and Arouna Kone in the first half with fine saves. Was not at fault for any of the goals scored against him.
Brad Jones (Liverpool FC) – Is still recovering from injury as Liverpool beat Zenit 3-1 in the Europa League on Thursday.
Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – On the bench as Aston Villa lost 2-1 to Arsenal on Saturday.
Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Still sidelined with a foot injury.
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Starred for Fulham as the Cottagers beat Stoke City 1-0 on Saturday. He made a smart low save to deny Jonathan Walters in the first half before denying the striker again after saving his penalty in the second half. Also made a fine save to deny Peter Crouch after a poor back pass from Philippe Senderos put Schwarzer under immense pressure.
Sebastian Usai (Blackburn Rovers) – On the bench as Blackburn Rovers lost 2-0 to Hull City on Tuesday. Also on the bench in the 0-0 draw with Leeds United on Saturday.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Played 90 minutes and was solid in the 2-1 victory over Bristol City on Tuesday. He set up the opening goal after taking a quick free kick over the top that found Glenn Murray who expertly volleyed home from a tight angle. Played 90 minutes and was booked in the 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Patrick Kisnorbo (Ipswich Town) – Continues to warm the bench as Ipswich Town lost 2-0 to Watford at home on Tuesday. Again an unused substitute in the 0-0 draw with Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – An unused substitute in the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. Started on the bench against Barnsley before replacing Liam Kelly in the 76thminute in Bristol City's entertaining 5-3 victory on Saturday.
Shane Lowry (Millwall) – Had a match to forget as Millwall lost 5-1 to Peterborough at home on Tuesday. Lowry struggled in defence throughout the contest and was eventually sent off for a foul on Dwight Gayle in the second half, earning his second yellow card. Lowry then missed Millwall's 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough on Saturday due to suspension.
Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) – Still sidelined with injury and missed Middlesbrough’s 0-0 draw with Burnley on Tuesday. He made his return from injury in the controversial 2-1 defeat to Millwall on Saturday, replacing Marvin Emnes in the 68th minute. McDonald found the back of the net in stoppage time but his equaliser was controversially ruled out for offside.
Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) – Played 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Burnley. Was then replaced by Mustapha Carayol in the 46thminute as Middlesbrough fell 2-1 to Millwall.
Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – Not in the squad as Fortuna Dusseldorf lost 2-1 to FC Schalke on Saturday.
Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05) – Did not play in the 1-1 draw with VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – On the bench as Dortmund were held 1-1 by Borussia Monchengladbach, ensuring they slipped 17 points behind leaders Bayern Munich.
Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund) – Did not play on the weekend as Borussia Dortmund's match against Rot-Weiß Erfurt was postponed in the 3. Liga.
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Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – Started on the bench before replacing Michael Gorlitz in the 46th minute in the 3-0 defeat to St Pauli on Saturday.
Apostolis Giannou (PAOK Thessaloniki) – Did not play in the 3-1 victory over Kerkyra on Saturday.
Giannis Simosis (Kerkyra) – Did not play in the 3-1 defeat to PAOK Thessaloniki.
Adam Sarota (Utrecht FC) – Set to miss 10 months of action with a knee injury.
Tommy Oar (Utrecht FC) – Made his first start after his full recovery from a hamstring injury, and scored in the 47th minute to crown a successful return in Utrecht's 4-0 thumping on Roda JC. Withdrawn on 60 minutes.
Michael Zullo (Utrecht FC) – Played 67 minutes at left-back in Utrecht's win.
Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Did not play in the 5-3 home defeat to Vitesse on Saturday.
James Troisi (Atalanta) -
Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Did not play in the 1-0 victory over Vicenza on Saturday.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – On the bench as Vitoria Setubal beat Beira Mar 1-0 on Saturday.
Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Did not play in the 3-0 victory over Al Arabi on Tuesday. Also absent in the 1-0 defeat to El Jaish on Friday.
Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Lekhwiya on Tuesday. Also played 85 minute before being substituted for Jawad Akeel in the 2-0 defeat to Al Khor.
Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal) – Played 90 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to Al Wakrah on Tuesday. Also played 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Al Sailiya on Saturday.
Luke Wilkshere (Dinamo Moscow) – Dinamo Moscow resume their campaign in March.
Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – On the bench as Hearts lost 3-2 at home to Inverness on Saturday.
Tom Rogic (Celtic) – On the bench as Celtic drew 1-1 with St. Johnstone on Wednesday.
Kerem Bulut (Akhisar Belediyespor) – Remained on the bench as Akhisar picked up a crucial 2-0 win away to Karabukspor, though Bulut's side still remain four points from safety.
Ersan Gulum (Besiktas) – Played 90 minutes and was solid in defence as Besiktas defeated Sivasspor 1-0 on Saturday.
Alex Brosque (Al Ain) - Played 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Dibba Al Fujairah on Friday.
Nick Carle (Bani Yas) – On the bench as Bani Yas beat Al Shaab 3-1 on Saturday.
Dino Dulbic (Al Wahda) – Played 90 minutes and was solid in defence as Al Wahda defeated Dubai 3-0 on Saturday.
Richard Porta (Dubai) – Played 90 minutes but was unable to find the back of the net as Dubai slumped to a 3-0 loss to Al Wahda.