Midweek Roos Central: Luongo impresses on return

by Ben Somerford on Apr 10, 2019

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Socceroo Massimo Luongo impressed in his return from illness while Matthew Jurman put in a rare full shift as Al Ittihad won in the AFC Champions League in midweek action.

Massimo Luongo returned from illness with a strong 90-minute display for QPR in their goalless draw away to James Meredith’s Millwall in the English Championship on Wednesday.

Luongo earned a 7/10 rating from Football London, who said he “led by example”.

“Got stuck in early on, unafraid to launch himself into tackles, and led by example on his return from illness,” Football London wrote.

“Booked in the second half but didn’t let that slow him down.”

Meredith played another full 90 minutes for Millwall, as he continues to lock down his spot back in the side at left-back.

Football London rated Meredith 7/10 and wrote: “Another solid showing from the Australian. Made a crucial block to deny Wells a certain goal from close-range and contained Scowen very well.”

Mile Jedinak got some rare substantial minutes and earned a good 7.5 rating as 10-man Aston Villa won 2-1 away to Ryan Williams’ Rotherham United on Wednesday.

Jedinak entered the fray as a 37th minute substitute, following a Tyrone Mings red card which caused a Villa re-shuffle.

Speaking about Jedinak, the Birmingham Mail wrote: “Solid throughout and proved what an asset he can be in these closing weeks of the season.”

Williams was an 84th minute substitute for the Millers.

Jackson Irvine played a full game as Hull City knocked off Wigan 2-1, earning a 6/10 rating from the Hull Daily Mail.

The Hull Daily Mail wrote: “Often at the heart of City’s drives forward in the first half and unlucky to have a shot blocked by Gibson.

“Showed his versatility when taking up a host of roles, including right-back for the closing minutes.”

Matthew Jurman started and played the full 90 minutes in Al Ittihad’s 3-2 win over Uzbek club Lokomotiv on Tuesday.

The big defender has struggled for game-time this season with Al Ittihad but been a regular in their AFC Champions League campaign.

Andrew Nabbout was an unused substitute for Urawa Reds as they lost 1-0 at home to Bernie Ibini’s Jeonbuk Motors in the AFC Champions League.

Ibini, who debuted for Jeonbuk on the weekend, wasn’t in his side’s matchday squad.

In the English Championship on Tuesday, Bailey Wright watched from the bench as Bristol City claimed a 3-2 win over West Bromwich.

The result keeps City in the top six, sitting fifth with 65 points, with six games to play.

Wright has been a regular in defence lately but was dropped to the pine.

Adam Federici was also an unused substitute as Stoke City went down 3-1 to Swansea.

Unused subs

Osama Malik
Notable absentees
Mitch Langerak