Trio get amongst the goals
Socceroos trio of Mile Jedinak, Scott McDonald and Scott Chipperfield were all on the mark for their respective teams over the weekend, with Jedinak and Chipperfield’s goals securing vital wins.
Socceroos trio of Mile Jedinak, Scott McDonald and Scott Chipperfield were all on the mark for their respective teams over the weekend, with Jedinak and Chipperfield-s goals securing vital wins.
Jedinak has proved an instant success at Genclerbirligi since moving their in January and his 14th minute strike from a free kick, earned the side a 1-0 win over title fancies Fenerbahce. Bruce Djite played 80 minutes of the same match, while James Troisi sat this game out.
Chipperfield, who only returned to action in the Socceroos match against Japan earlier this month, came off the bench for FC Basel, to grab the winning goal late in the match against FC Zurich, which narrowed Zurich-s lead over Basel to just two points.
McDonald continued his rich vein of form for Celtic with a somewhat lucky goal, although it wasn-t enough with Motherwell grabbing a late equaliser, which saw Celtic relinquish top spot to arch rivals Rangers on goal difference.
It was a good weekend for our keepers in the English Premier League, with both Brad Jones and Mark Schwarzer keeping clean sheets. Jones, who is definitely back in favour at Middlesbrough, denied Wigan Athletic in a 0-0 stalemate, while Schwarzer made it nine clean sheets for the season in a 2-0 win over West Brom.
Michael Petkovic also kept a clean sheet, as Sivasspor maintained its lead at the top of the Turkish Liga with a 1-0 win over Eskisehirspor, but Adam Federici was unable to do likewise in the English Championship, as Reading slipped 2-0 at Bristol City.
In the English Premier League, Lucas Neill and Tim Cahill were both suspended, Mark Viduka remained on the bench, while Vince Grella was the only outfield player to see action, playing 79 minutes against Manchester United in a 2-1 loss.
There was good news for Mile Sterjovski, who came on after 16 minutes for Derby County, in a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest. Nick Carle remained on the bench for Crystal Palace, as they went down 2-0 at Sheffield Wednesday.
Elsewhere, Harry Kewell played a full game for Galatasaray in a shock 5-2 loss at home against Kocaelispor; Jason Culina played a full 90 minutes as PSV Eindhoven secured a late 1-0 win over FC Groningen and Mark Bresciano played a full game as Palermo lost 2-0 at Juventus.
Joshua Kennedy, Brett Holman, Nikita Rukavytsya and Chris Coyne all did not see game time, either through injury or sitting on the bench.