English Championship wrap: Caltex Socceroo Jackson Irvine on target

Jackson Irvine scored in Burton Albion's win over Rotherham.

In-form Caltex Socceroo Jackson Irvine has scored his seventh goal of the season as Burton Albion defeated Rotherham 2-1 in the English Championship overnight.

After his move from the Scottish Premiership, Irvine’s sensational season continued with his side’s opening goal on 36 minutes.

This was followed by a goal of the season contender from Matty Palmer for the Brewers despite a late Rotherham reply in the 2-1 victory.  The Brewers now sit 19th in the 24 team league.

Meanwhile, Aaron Mooy played 90 minutes in Huddersfield’s 1-1 draw away to Blackburn.

Bailey Wright played a full game in their 2-1 loss away to Sheffield Wednesday, while Massimo Luongo played 90 minutes in QPR’s 2-1 home loss to Wolves.

And Caltex Socceroo skipper Mile Jedinak picked up an early yellow card in Aston Villa’s 2-0 loss at Leeds United.

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Tom Rogic nets stunner in remarkable Celtic win

Tom Rogic scored the winner for Celtic overnight.

Caltex Socceroos star Tom Rogic was the hero in Scotland overnight as his Celtic outfit recorded a stunning come-from-behind 4-3 win over Motherwell.

In a thrilling contest, Rogic scored the winner in the 90th minute with a brilliant curling effort on his right foot.

The midfielder picked up the ball just outside the box before showing quick feet to stand up his defender and unleased a fizzing shot which arrowed into the bottom corner.

Earlier, Motherwell raced out of the blocks and took a two-goal lead into the break courtesy of a double from English striker Louis Moult. Celtic rallied after the break and levelled proceedings with goals to Callum McGregor and Patrick Roberts. In a remarkable period, Motherwell again went ahead through Lionel Ainsworth in the 71st minute before the Hoops struck back almost immediately from the restart through Stuart Armstrong. Celtic finished the stronger and were rewarded with Rogic’s last-gasp strike snatching a thrilling victory in the dying stages. Brendan Rodgers’ side are now 8 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership and have three games in hand over fierce rivals Rangers.

The former Liverpool boss was full of praise for Rogic’s match-winning performance, with the Socceroo now having netted 10 goals for the campaign so far. “He’s an amazing player, with a real high level of technique and he’s improving his stamina all the time,” Rodgers told http://www.celticfc.net “He’s playing in different positions for us but what he can [do is] get goals and he’s scoring important goals. His contribution was outstanding.”


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Outcome of independent Match Review Panel – Round 9 -Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Wanderers goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson was shown a red card in the clash against the Mariners on Saturday.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Staff Writer
The independent Match Review Panel (MRP) have met to consider the incident involving Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson.

The independent Match Review Panel (MRP) – consisting of Simon Micallef (Chair), Matthew Breeze and Adam D’Apuzzo – convened today to consider an incident involving Jerrad Tyson (Western Sydney Wanderers FC) in or around the 59th minute of Western Sydney Wanderers FC’s Round 9 match against Central Coast Mariners on Saturday, 3 December 2016.

The MRP has the authority to consider the incident as Jerrad Tyson was issued with a direct Red Card by the referee.

The MRP confirmed that Jerrad Tyson will serve a suspension of one (1) match, being the minimum sanction for the offence of denying the opposing team an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by an offence that is punishable by a free kick or penalty kick.

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Ernie Merrick has stepped down as Head Coach of Wellington Phoenix

Ernie Merrick has stepped down as Head Coach of Wellington Phoenix.

Wellington Phoenix have been rocked with the news that head coach Ernie Merrick has resigned from his position, effective immediately.

The Kiwi outfit has struggled in the opening nine rounds, recording just two wins to sit bottom of the Hyundai A-League.

The two-time A-League champion felt that with recent results he had taken the team as far as he could.


“I take full responsibility for position the team is currently in,” Merrick said.


“I feel that I have not performed well enough as Head Coach, as we have a very strong squad that should be higher up the table.

“It’s therefore the right time for me to step aside and allow someone else to take over. We have a run of home games coming up and I think this will give my successor the best opportunity to take the team forward.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Wellington Phoenix for the past three years and particularly Welnix, the Chairman and the board who have been nothing but supportive during this time.”

The club understands the decision and thanked Merrick for the hard work and dedication he has put in during the past three years.

Wellington Phoenix have appointed Chris Greenacre and Des Buckingham as joint Interim Head Coaches while the club undergoes a thorough process to fill the role full time.

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Brazilian great ponders coaching in Hyundai A-League

Roberto Carlos says he is open to coaching in the Hyundai A-League.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sacha Pisani
Former Real Madrid and Brazil left-back Roberto Carlos expressed his desire to return to coaching, and has said he would be interested in coaching in the Hyundai A-League.

Regarded as one of the greatest left-backs in the history of football, 2002 World Cup winner Roberto Carlos has been without a coaching role since leaving Indian Super League outfit Delhi Dynamos in 2015.

Roberto Carlos was linked with a move to Australia prior to his departure from Delhi last year, having previously managed Akhisar Belediyespor and Sivasspor in Turkey.


He has also worked for Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.


While happy in his role as an ambassador for LaLiga giants and European champions Madrid, the 43-year-old – winner of four La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns during his illustrious playing career in the Spanish capital – is open to working in the A-League.

Asked about a move to Australia in an exclusive interview with Omnisport, Roberto Carlos said: “Why not? Everything is possible in football and obviously it will be a new experience.

“At the moment I am learning here at Real Madrid but of course one day if there was the right opportunity I would certainly consider it.

“I would like to return to being a manager. Now as I am an ambassador for Real Madrid in Asia and Oceania and I am very happy with regards to working for my club.

“But obviously I do miss the day-to-day on the pitch and when I have my license I want to learn more about work on the pitch here at Real Madrid and then become a manager again.”


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