Socceroos Central - Midweek Wrap

by Ben Somerford on Apr 13, 2012

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It was a massive week of midweek action with Adam Federici and Brad Jones making penalty saves, James Troisi setting up goals and Chris Herd copping a worrying head injury.

In Holland's Eredivisie on Thursday, Tommy Oar was a 63rd minute substitute for the injured Johan Martensson as FC Utrecht slumped to a dismal 3-0 loss at De Graafschap. Adam Sarota was an unused substitute while Michael Zullo didn't make the squad.

In Germany's Bundesliga on Wednesday, Mitchell Langerak was an unused substitute as Borussia Dortmund claimed a huge 1-0 victory over title rivals Bayern Munich.

In Holland's Eredivisie on Wednesday, Jason Davidson stepped in for the injured Antoine van der Linden, playing a full game at the back as Heracles won 2-1 over NAC Breda. Davidson did well to prevent Jordy Buijs from netting on the stroke of half-time with his side already trailing 1-0.

Elsewhere, Brett Holman was suspended for AZ Alkmaar's 2-2 draw with Twente which sees them slip further behind leaders Ajax.

In Turkey's Kupasi quarterfinals on Wednesday, James Troisi set up a goal but saw Kayserispor blow a two-goal lead before losing 5-4 on penalties to Fenerbahce.

The in-form Troisi dispossessed an opponent on the left side of the box, whipped in pass for unmarked Emir Kujovic to score to make it 2-0 after 47 minutes. However Fener hit back to take the game to penalties, where Troisi converted his spotkick, but Kujovic missed, sending Kayserispor out.

In the Russian Cup semifinals on Wednesday, Luke Wilkshire played 74 minutes as Dinamo Moscow progressed to the decider with a 2-1 win over Volga. Dinamo will face Rubin Kazan in the final on May 9.

In Korea's K-League on Wednesday, Eddy Bosnar played a full game and had a role in the opener as Suwon Bluewings moved back into top spot with a 2-0 win over Pohang Steelers.

Bosnar's long punt forward was nodded on to Dzenan Radoncic who volleyed home the opener. The Aussie also sent a trademark freekick wide on 33 minutes. Pohang's neat passing football caused Bosnar some worries at times, but he helped Suwon hold out for an important win.

Elsewhere, Matt McKay put in a full shift as Busan I'Park drew 0-0 with FC Seoul, while Nathan Burns was a 73rd minute substitute in Huh Jung-Moo's last game in charge of Incheon United as they drew 1-1 with Gwangju FC. Former Korea boss Huh resigned earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, Adrian Madaschi, Luke DeVere, Robbie Cornthwaite, Matt Simon and Sasa Ognenovski were all absent as Jeju United drew 0-0 with Ulsan Hyundai, Gyeongnam won 3-2 at Daegu and Seongnam defeated Chunnam 1-0 respectively.

In England's Premier League on Tuesday, Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones made a heroic league debut for Liverpool as they defeated Blackburn 3-2.

Jones was substituted on to the pitch after 25 minutes when keeper Doni was sent off for a foul inside the box with the Reds leading 2-0.

From the resulting penalty, Jones saved Yakubu Aiyegbeni's effort, with the Australian pointing to the heavens above in honour of his son Luca who passed late last year.

Blackburn would pull it back to 2-2, with Jones committing a poor error when he fumbled a high ball, and conceded a penalty which Yakubu this time converted, but Andy Carroll proved a late hero for Liverpool.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish indicated Jones will be trusted as the team's number one when they face Everton in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday.

Dalglish said: "You can only guess what it must be like to go through what he (Jones) has been through, but he has done and I'm sure he enjoyed his first bit of action on Tuesday night, saving a penalty. We know that to do what he's done has shown a great deal of strength of character."

In England's Championship on Tuesday, Adam Federici also pulled off heroics with a penalty save as promotion hopefuls Reading defeated Brighton 1-0.

Federici was the star of the show, denying an early Brighton onslaught before saving Ashley Barnes' 51st minute penalty. The Aussie made fine first-half saves to deny Barnes, Vicente and Gary Dicker. He also did brilliantly to deny Craig Mackail-Smith on 58 minutes.

Reading boss Brian McDermott said: "Fedders has made a great save from the penalty, he made another one soon after that, then we've hit the bar and could have made it 2-0...and I could have relaxed.

"We had to hang in there as I said - Fedders has made a couple of terrific match-winning saves and he just showed what a top quality professional he is.”

Elsewhere, Shane Lowry put in a full shift and had a first-half header go over the bar from a corner as Millwall won 1-0 at Portsmouth.

In Germany's Bundesliga on Tuesday, Nikita Rukavytsya was replaced at halftime for tactical reasons in favour of striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga as struggling Hertha Berlin lost 2-1 at home to fellow battlers SC Freiburg.

Elsewhere, Mathew Leckie was absent with injury as Borussia Monchengladbach drew 2-2 at Werder Bremen.

In Germany's 2.Bundesliga on Tuesday, Robbie Kruse remained a long-term absentee with a calf injury as Fortuna Dusseldorf defeated FSV Frankfurt 1-0.

In England's Premier League on Monday, Chris Herd had to be taken to hospital after suffering a bad head injury late on in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw with Stoke City.

Herd had to be stretchered off on 88 minutes after a long delay with a worrying head injury which left him dazed on the floor. The young Australian had earlier had two headclashes which wouldn't have helped his condition.

Earlier, Herd had put in an improved display after some tough matchups in recent weeks, with plenty of running and desire.

Villa boss Alex McLeish said: “(Herd) suffered a head knock, he's got a big lump on his head, I don't think he was knocked out.” He added: "He felt sick after the game and has gone to hospital for a check-up.”

Elsewhere, Tim Cahill was rested as Everton won 4-0 over Sunderland, while Mark Schwarzer put in a full shift as Fulham drew 1-1 with Chelsea.

In England's Championship on Tuesday, Richard Garcia won the praise of his boss Nick Barmby after filling in at right-back for the absent Liam Rosenior in Hull's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough.

Garcia worked hard in defence and came close to scoring at 1-1 in the secnod-half when he hit a volley straight at Boro keeper Ryan Steele from 20 yards. Boro's Scot McDonald played a full game and headed a cross off target on 73 minutes too.

Barmby told the Hull & East Riding: "Garc deserves a lot of credit. I've talked about him in front of the players.

"I don't want anyone moaning or sulking if they're not in the team. It's up to them to be in the best condition they can for when their chance comes. Garc has done that day in and day out in difficult circumstances.

"To play the full game at right-back against a team like Middlesbrough, I thought he was outstanding.”

Meanwhile, McDonald, who has only just returned from injury, told the club's website: “I'm delighted to be back as quick I have come back in, especially for the manager to have faith in me and play me twice in three days and I've come through it fine.”

He added: “I'm going to be hard on myself and want more from myself, getting on the scoresheet and I'm hungry to do that.”

Elsewhere, Neil Kilkenny played a full game and provided the assist for Bristol City's third goal in a 3-1 win over Coventry City which eases their relegation concerns.

In Denmark's Superliga on Monday, Nathan Coe played a full game as SonderjyskE drew 1-1 with OB. Yellow card???

Coe had made a fine save low save however OB re-gathered the ball and saw Andreas Johansson curl in a fine shot for the opener. Coe was given a yellow card following the goal.

On 67 minutes, Coe made another stellar save from a powerful Espen Ruud drive. The Aussie was almost caught out on 82 minutes when he failed to deal with a corner but smothered the loose ball.

Elsewhere, Brent McGrath was absent due to a hand injury as Brondby drew 1-1 with HB Koge.

In England's League One on Monday, Dean Bouzanis played a full game in goals and made a few good saves but ultimately it was in vein as out-of-sorts Oldham lost again, 3-0 to Sheffield

Elsewhere, Bailey Wright put in a full shift as Preston drew 1-1 with Stevenage.

In Uzbekistan's Oliy League on Monday, David Carney was an unused substitute as Bunyodkor accounted for Shortan 3-0.