Socceroos Central: Ryan absent, Dougall spotkick

by Ben Somerford on Jan 10, 2021

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Socceroos keeper Mat Ryan is firmly out of the frame at Brighton & Hove Albion after being left out in the FA Cup while Jordan Murray scored a double and Kenny Dougall netted a crucial spotkick. 

Mat Ryan wasn’t even in the Brighton & Hove Albion matchday squad for their English FA Cup third round clash with Newport County on Sunday.

Back-up keeper Jason Steele got a full game in goal, with Ryan’s replacement Robert Sanchez an unused sub on the bench as they won 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

"He added that if I get a good offer in January I should take it, knowing that I want to be playing week-in week-out," Ryan told SBS' The World Game during the week.

"It came as a shock and a surprise that he said that. Knowing where I stand now, from what was communicated to me, perhaps it might be better that we do go our separate ways.

"However, until that opportunity comes - and it's a good project - then, as far as I'm concerned, I'm a Brighton player and I'm here to fight for my spot."

Riley McGree missed out on the opportunity of taking on Manchester City, remaining an unused sub as Birmingham City went down 3-0 in the FA Cup on Sunday. 

Harry Souttar put in a full shift and earned a 6/10 rating against Premier League opposition as Stoke City went down 4-0 to Leicester City in the English FA Cup on Saturday.

The Stoke Sentinel wrote: “Good test against Barnes. Catching eye with way he can come out of back line with the ball.”

Kenny Dougall played the entire match and was among those to convert his spotkick as Blackpool knocked out top flight West Bromwich 3-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Dougall earned a 7/10 rating from the Blackpool Gazette who wrote: “Got about the pitch well and took care of the ball. Back to his best after a couple of below-par displays.”

Jordan Lyden has come into Swindon Town calculations in recent weeks and played a full game as they won 3-2 at Ipswich Town in England’s League One on Saturday.

Meanwhile there's reports from the UK that Socceroo Jackson Irvine is close to signing with Scottish Premiership club Hibernian. He's expected to undergo a medical soon according to the Daily Record.

Trent Sainsbury remains sidelined due to injury and missed Kortrijk’s 2-1 win over Danny Vukovic’s Genk in the Belgian First Division on Saturday.

Sainsbury has been experiencing lower back pain and requires rest after previously playing with injections.

Vukovic played a full game in the defeat, which leaves second-placed Genk four points behind leaders Club Brugge.

Aziz Behich put in a full shift at left-back as Kayserispor got past Yeni Malatyaspor 1-0 in the Turkish Super Lig on Saturday.

Daniel Arzani was back in the FC Utrecht matchday squad but was an unused sub as they drew 2-2 with Groningen in the Dutch Eredivisie on Saturday.

Joel Chianese scored in the Indian Super League on Friday night as Hyderabad won 4-2 away to NorthEast United.

Chianese went on a good run down the left flank before firing in a shot which deflected in off the post.

Jordan Murray scored a late double to earn Kerala Blasters a 3-2 win over Jamshedpur in the Indian Super League on Sunday.

Murray, who played the full game, struck twice in the 79th and 82nd minutes, firstly firing home from a rebound, before pouncing on a goalkeeper error to slide home.

Full games

Ryan Williams, Ryan Edwards, Bailey Wright, Ash Maynard-Brewer, Erik Paartalu, Scott Neville, Jacob Tratt, Shane Lowry, Rhys Williams, Brad Jones
Callum Elder – SB 84, Sam Silvera – ST 76, Anthony Carter – SB 77, Mitch Duke – SB 67, Dylan Fox – SB 68
Notable absentees
Mathew Leckie, Apostolos Giannou, Massimo Luongo, Ajdin Hrustic