Mixed night for Aussies in FA Cup

Defender Brad Smith challenges Millwall's Fred Onyedinma for the ball in the third round of the FA Cup.

Caltex Socceroos defender Bailey Wright made a strong start to life at his new club on a mixed night for a host of Aussies in Round 3 of the English FA Cup overnight.

Wright came straight into the starting side at his new club Bristol City after making the switch from Preston North End the previous day for their home clash with Fleetwood Town.

 

And the 24-year-old did the job manager Lee Johnson brought him in to do, helping the Robins keep a clean sheet at Ashton Gate.

Unfortunately they were unable to find a goal at the other end in a tight 0-0 draw, meaning they’ll need a replay against the League One club later this month. Aaron Mooy was the only Caltex Socceroo to enjoy a win in the FA Cup as his Huddersfield Town crushed Port Vale 4-0. After a heavy recent schedule, Mooy was left on the bench against the League One outfit, playing the last 23 minutes as Huddersfield cruised into the next round. Brad Smith and Adam Federici got rare starts for AFC Bournemouth for their tricky trip to League One outfit Millwall. And it proved to be an unhappy night for the EPL club as they were humbled 3-0 against Tim Cahill’s former club. Federici played a full game while Smith was substituted 15 minutes from the end.     Midfielder Massimo Luongo returned from a groin injury for QPR, playing 82 minutes for Ian Holloway’s men as they lost 2-1 against Blackburn Rovers.

 

In League One action, left-back James Meredith played another 90 minutes as Bradford City moved up to fourth spot after a 2-0 win over Chesterfield.

Cameron Burgess, who joined Bury from Oldham Athletic this week, watched from the bench as his new club lost 3-2 at high-flyers Scunthorpe.

And in League Two, Alex Cisak was in goal as his Leyton Orient went down 3-1 against Barnet.

 

Football Federation Australia

 

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