Jedinak’s Villa too good for Luongo’s QPR

Darren Walton Roar Guru

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    Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak capped a spectacular week by claiming bragging rights over national teammate Massimo Luongo when Aston Villa beat QPR 2-1 in England’s second tier.

    Jedinak scored all three goals in Australia’s win over Honduras in Sydney on Wednesday, ensuring Ange Postecoglou’s side a fourth consecutive World Cup berth.

    On Saturday the 33-year-old came on in the 81st minute while Luongo was substituted at the break. Luongo’s QPR side looked like taking a 1-0 lead into halftime courtesy of Jamie Mackie’s 18th-minute strike but Albert Adomah equalised from the spot in added time.

    The Ghanaian then scored the winner in the 58th minute.

    “Albert has added goals to his game, which is great,” Villa manager Steve Bruce said.

    “He’s done very well. At the start of the season he wasn’t in the team and he didn’t moan or groan.

    “He got on with it, came into my office and said, ‘I’ll prove you you wrong’. He trained well, worked hard and when he gets his chance he takes it.”

    Wolves returned to the top of the Championship as goals from Ivan Cavaleiro and Matt Doherty helped the Midlands club secure a 2-0 away win over Reading.

    Nuno Espirito Santo’s side moved two points clear of Sheffield United who beat Burton Albion 3-1 on Friday.

    Cardiff ensured they kept the pressure on the top two as goals from Joe Ralls and Danny Ward helped the Welsh club record a 2-0 home win over Brentford.

    Fourth-placed Bristol City had to settle for a point as they drew 0-0 with Sheffield Wednesday. City’s Australian captain Jackson Irvine remains banned for simulation.

    Sunderland created history for all the wrong reasons as they became the first league team in English football to fail to secure a victory in 20 consecutive home games in all competitions.

    The Black Cats took an early lead against James Meredith’s Millwall, but two goals from George Saville put the London club in pole position and Sunderland needed an early second-half strike from Adam Matthews to help salvage a point.

    Birmingham City moved out of the relegation zone as they claimed their first win in four games with a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

    Jackson Irvine came on in the 68th minute as Hull City failed to move clear of the bottom three as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Ipswich Town while Norwich City and Barnsley had to settle for a point following a 1-1 draw.