Only two Australian natives celebrated victories at their respective clubs.
Victory just wasn’t in the air for Australia’s overseas contingent this weekend with only three players managing to chalk up a win.
Jason Davidson, Mat Ryan and Tom Rogic all enjoyed the scent of success for their respective clubs, but their fellow Socceroos were overcome with the stench of failure, sharing five draws and three defeats.
Starting with Davidson, who was the toast of Heracles after he notched the winning goal in their 1-0 win over ADO Den Haag. The 22-year-old defender opened his account for the Eredivise club at just the right time to earn his team all three points.
Staying in Holland, Tommy Oar managed the full game for FC Utrecht’s in the 1-1 draw away to PEC Zwolle.
Germany-based Robbie Kruse came on for just 19 minutes but was unable to change the game for Bayer Leverkusen as they succumbed to a 2-0 loss against Bundesliga rivals Schalke.
Mat Ryan was unable to keep a clean sheet for Belgian employers Club Brugge as they overcome Waasland-Beveren to chalk up a 2-1 success, while Luke Wilshere clocked up 90 minutes for Dinamo Moscow in the 1-1 draw with Russian Premier League foes Rostov.
James Holland celebrated reaching the Champions League with Austria Wien by maintaining his ever-present record but couldn’t inspire his side to victory as they drew 1-1 at home to Wacker Innsbruck.
In the Championship, both Scott McDonald and Shane Lowry featured for Millwall in a morale-boosting 1-1 draw at Brighton.
Mean while Middlesbrough’s Rhys Williams, recently recalled to the Australia senior squad, had to settle for a tie as the Teesside club were held by Sheffield Wednesday at the Riverside Stadium.
Further north, Tom Rogic was a late substitute in Celtic’s 1-0 win at Dundee United. Club colleague Jackson Irvine saw out the full game on loan at Kilmarnock in the 2-1 defeat to Motherwell, while Dylan McGowan was also on the losing side as SPL bottom club Hearts were beaten 2-0 by Inverness.
In Japan, Socceroos star Josh Kennedy couldn’t guide Nagoya Grampus to victory as they relinquished a half-time lead to draw 1-1 away at Sagan Tosu.