Socceroos Central: Double for "top class" Mooy

by Ben Somerford on Nov 26, 2018

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Socceroo Aaron Mooy netted a double for struggling Huddersfield Town as they claimed a 2-0 win away to Wolverhampton in the Premier League on Sunday.

Mooy scored in the sixth and 74th minutes of the victory which lifts the Terriers up to 14th having been deep in the drop zone.

"It’s nice to score," Mooy told Sky Sports. "The win's very important for us all. That’s three games - two wins and a draw - so it lifts the whole squad. It’s a great day.

“When you’re going through a bad patch you felt like it’s never going to end.

"But we have to be mentally strong and keep going. Now we’ve had a few results we need to keep riding the train and get as many as we can while we’re confident and doing well."

Mooy’s manager David Wagner was full of praise for the Australian.

“Aaron Mooy is a top class player,” Wagner said.

“He has this calmness on the ball. His decision-making was great.

“You will rarely find a player with such good technique and vision who is prepared to work so hard for the team.

“His work for the team is something extraordinary. We are very happy to have him in our team."

Elsewhere in the EPL, Mat Ryan returned from international duty to play a full game as Brighton & Hove Albion drew 1-1 with Leicester City.

Ryan earned a 7/10 rating from the Brighton & Hove Independent, who wrote: “Decent solid performance. Good use of feet on clearances. No chance with the penalty and no real saves to make all game.”

Young Aussie Jesse Curran stole the show against Hibernian’s Socceroos brigade as Dundee drew 2-2 at Easter Road.

Curran played a key part in Dundee’s equaliser with a good run, while he launched a good shot shortly after which almost won it for the visitors.

Jamie Maclaren spurned a double chance of his own, before being replaced in 60th minute, alongside Mark Milligan in a double change after Socceroos duty. Martin Boyle put in a full shift and had a few chances on goal.

Mathew Leckie backed up his midweek international goal with his maiden strike of the season at club level in Hertha Berlin’s come-from-behind 3-3 draw with Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga on Saturday.

Leckie forced a deflected cross home from close range in the 71st minute to make it 3-2 before a late leveller.

“I felt good in spite of my international appearances for Australia and the resulting travel stress,” Leckie said.

“I think I did a lot of running and good action, so of course I'm happy about my goal.”

Forgotten Socceroo James Holland hit the scoresheet in the Austrian Bundesliga on Sunday as plucky LASK Linz continued their good form with a 1-0 win at Rapid Vienna.

Jack Duncan had to be replaced at half-time due to a concussion injury on Friday night as Al Qadisiya won 3-1 over Al Raed in the Saudi Pro League.

Full games

Massimo Luongo, Cam Burgess, Danny Vukovic, Anthony Kalik, Milos Degenek, Aleksandar Susnjar, Fran Karacic, Aleksandar Jovanovic, James Donachie, Mitch Langerak, Rhys Williams
Ajdin Hrustic – SB 46, Awer Mabil - ST 66, Tomi Juric – SB 89, Ryan Williams – ST 87, Jackson Irvine – ST 86, James Meredith – ST 77, Denis Genreau - SB 59, Aziz Behich – SB 74, Ben Garuccio – ST 62, Jimmy Jeggo – SB 81, Apostolos Giannou – SB 77, Bradden Inman – ST 53, Ryan McGowan – SB 88, Kwame Yeboah – SB 85, Andrew Nabbout – SB 65, Kwabena Appiah – SB 68, Dylan McGowan – ST 64
Unused subs
Trent Sainsbury, Oliver Bozanic, Adam Federici, Mark Birighitti, Golgol Mebrahtu, Brent McGrath, Mat Jurman, Mitch Duke
Notable absentees
Tom Rogic, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Alex Gersbach