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Socceroos enjoy wins ahead of Saudi clash

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Four of the Socceroos' English Championship contingent enjoyed victories on Saturday in a welcome boost of confidence ahead of this week's World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on Thursday.

Surprise early season pacesetters Huddersfield maintained their lead at the top of the table thanks to a 1-0 win at Ipswich.

In-form Aaron Mooy, who was this week shortlisted for the division's player of the month award, swung in a corner which was met by the head of club-record signing Christopher Schindler to secure the three points at Portman Road.

Massimo Luongo was involved in a thrilling encounter at Craven Cottage, helping QPR to their first win at the home of their west London rivals Fulham for 36 years.

Luongo was instrumental in midfield for the R's, who put a difficult week behind them after manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was caught up in a newspaper sting on Wednesday, to a seal a 2-1 victory.

The 24-year-old was involved in the move that led to his side's first-half opener scored by Conor Washington after Fulham's Tom Cairney had a fifth-minute penalty saved.

Fulham equalised just after halftime through Tim Ream only for Rangers striker Idissa Sylla to head home the winner three minutes from time.

But Fulham fought back and hit the bar from a free-kick in injury time before being awarded a hotly-disputed second spot-kick in the 96th minute.

However, Sone Aluko, with the last kick of the game, hit the post.

Striker Jackson Irvine scored his fifth goal of the season with a smart finish following a Jamie Ward knock down to put Burton Albion in front against Cardiff as the division's smallest club wrapped up a 2-0 win against the Welsh outfit.

Bailey Wright's Preston maintained their strong recent form with an excellent 2-0 win against Mile Jedinak's Aston Villa - who have now not won away from home in 14 months.

Goals from Ben Pearson and Jordan Hugill gave North End victory and piled further pressure on Villa boss Roberto di Matteo.

The former EPL heavyweights have won only one league game so far this season, despite being one of the favourites for promotion.

Wright did concede a penalty late on when he upended Jonathan Kodjia, but Ross McCormack's penalty was saved by Chris Maxwell.

In Scotland, Tomi Rogic played 65 minutes in Celtic's 1-0 win over Dundee.

Bournemouth's Brad Smith and Adam Federici were unused substitutes in the Cherries' 2-2 draw with Watford in the Premier League.

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