Australians Abroad: Jedinak stars as gallant Palace beaten

Goal Australia examines the winners and losers from the Australians in action around the football world, with Premier League debutant Mile Jedinak in the spotlight
Big winner - Mile Jedinak

His team ended up empty handed but Mile Jedinak can hold his head high after an outstanding debut in the English Premier League.

Crystal Palace, promoted as last season's Championship playoff winners, went down 1-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur, who were frustrated for long spells by a defensive midfield master-class from the hosts' Australian skipper.

 In the doghouse - Neil Kilkenny

Neil Kilkenny suffered the embarrassment of being substituted for tactical reasons just 34 minutes into Bristol City's match at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers in League One, and the switch was not enough to save his team, who went on to lose 2-1.

"It's not a nice thing to do, but I felt we had to make a change. I had to make a tough decision, because I didn't want to wait until half-time and risk us being 2-0 down and having an even bigger fight on our hands," Robins manager Sean O'Driscoll said.

Global wrap - you've got to get on the field to earn a mention


Starter Shane Lowry and second-half substitute Scott McDonald endured a day to forget as their Millwall team went down 1-0 at home to Huddersfield.

Also in the Championship, Rhys Williams played out the 90 minutes as Middlesbrough escaped with a point in a 1-1 draw against a visiting Blackpool.

North of the border, Jackson Irvine made his first appearance on loan from Celtic at Kilmarnock in a 1-1 Scottish Premier League draw away to St Mirren.


Mat Ryan earned three points but missed out on a clean sheet, beaten from the penalty spot in the second half as Club Brugge won 2-1 away to Mechelen in the Belgian Pro League.

Although James Holland finished the game he was unable to get on the scoresheet as his Austria Wien side thumped Wiener Neustadt 5-0 in Austria's Bundesliga.

Tommy Oar was subbed off in Utrecht's nightmare 6-0 Eredivisie defeat at FC Twente, while Jason Davidson saw out the 90 minutes in Heracles' 4-2 victory away to Heerenveen.

Oliver Bozanic meanwhile played the entire game as his Luzern team drew 1-1 at FC Thun in the Swiss Super League.


Daniel McBreen and Bernie Ibini both started as Shanghai SIPG defeated Erik Paartalu's Tianjin Teda 3-2 in the Chinese Super League.

No joy for Joel Griffiths, who waswithdrawn at half-time as his Qingdao Jonoon outfit went down 1-0 at home to Shanghai Shenhua.

Daniel Mullen came on as a late substitute in Dalian Aerbin's 1-0 win at home to Jiangsu Sainty.

In the K-League, Alex Wilkinson earned the Aussie bragging rights as his Jeonbuk Motors' side recorded a 1-0 victory over Chunnam Dragons, who introduced Robbie Cornthwaite off the bench for the last two minutes.

North America

Tim Cahill couldn't make the difference as New York Red Bulls were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer.

On the bench -  some of the big names to miss out this week

Mark Schwarzer (Chelsea), Robbie Kruse (Bayer Leverkusen), Adam Federici (Reading), Mitch Langerak (Borussia Dortmund).


Scott McDonald joined the action late on at the New Den and was powerless to prevent a home loss

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