Socceroos Central: Mooy 'not up to usual standards'

by Ben Somerford on Nov 20, 2017

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There was a sense of a World Cup qualification hangover for our Aussies abroad over the weekend, with Aaron Mooy putting in a below-par display as Huddersfield lost 4-0 to Bournemouth.

Aaron Mooy played the full 90 minutes for Huddersfield in the Premier League on Saturday despite Australia’s qualifier taking place in Sydney on Wednesday night.

The Yorkshire Post rated Mooy’s performance as a 6/10 and said he never gave in but that the Terriers were lethargic.

“Mooy 6: Not up to his usual high standard, particularly from free-kicks with unusually wayward delivery,” The Yorkshire Post wrote.

“Never gave up but it just wasn’t the Australian’s afternoon.”

Brad Smith and Adam Federici were both absent for Bournemouth due to injury.

Mat Ryan may play for Brighton & Hove Albion as they’re scheduled to meet Stoke City on Tuesday morning (7am AEDT).

In the Championship on Saturday, Massimo Luongo was replaced at the break as QPR lost 2-1 to Mile Jedinak’s Aston Villa. Jedinak was an 81st minute substitute for Villa.

Jackson Irvine was a 68th minute substitute for Hull City in a 2-2 draw with Ipswich, while Bailey Wright was out for Bristol City due to suspension.

Around Europe, Mathew Leckie, Tomi Juric, Aziz Behich, Mitch Langerak and Tom Rogic were all left out of the matchday squads for their respective clubs.

Leckie's Hertha BSC boss Pal Dardai said: "It does not make sense to play Leckie who has not been training with us for four weeks (having had a thigh injury prior to international duty), having played 90 minutes in Australia's World Cup qualifying campaign and travelling halfway around the world.

"He should rest and be good for the next games."

In the Dutch Eredivisie on Saturday, Mark Birighitti endured a brutal afternoon as NAC Breda were hammered 8-0 at home by a rampant Ajax Amsterdam.

Elsewhere, Craig Goodwin returned as a 61st minute substitute and Kenny Dougall put in a full shift as Sparta Rotterdam drew 2-2 with Willem II.

Brad Jones put in a full shift as Feyenoord drew 1-1 at home with VVV Venlo on Saturday, but received a great tribute from the fans who lit up the stadium and sung ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ to commemorate the sixth anniversary of his son Luca’s death in the 12th minute.

Jones said: "It was a nice gesture in this difficult time of the year for my family and I. Before the game I was told that the supporters were up to something, so I had to be focused during the game, of course, but it was impossible not to see all those lights, my wife was in the stadium and this support.

“It is very nice for us and I want to thank the supporters for that. It's nice to think of Luca.

In Scotland’s Championship on Sunday, Scott McDonald opened the scoring as Dundee United eased past Falkirk 3-0 to move three points clear at the top.

Finally back home, China-based defender Trent Sainsbury has undergone surgery following Socceroos duty. It's believed Sainsbury underwent an operation on his groin which had troubled him during qualifying.

Others

Full games
Danny Vukovic, Mustafa Amini, Ryan Edwards, James Meredith, Cameron Burgess (goal), Callum Elder, Mitch Duke, Tomi Mrcela, Anthony Caceres
Minutes
Robbie Kruse – SB 59, Jamie Maclaren – SB 40, Aiden O’Neill – ST 62, Bradden Inman – ST 68, Ryan Williams – ST 82, David Williams – ST 72
Unused subs
Ajdin Hrustic, James Holland, Jimmy Jeggo, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Gabriel Cleur, Milos Degenek
Notable absentees
Tomi Juric, Mitch Langerak, Jason Davidson, Tommy Oar, Ben Halloran, Golgol Mebrahtu, Eli Babalj, Matt Jurman, Connor Chapman, Ryan McGowan