Davidson scores winner in shootout drama

Socceroo World Cup defender Jason Davidson has had a dream starting debut for West Bromwich Albion, scoring the winning penalty in the club’s epic Capital One Cup win over Oxford United on Wednesday morning.

In a thrilling clash at the Hawthorns it was Davidson who proved the hero, slotting home his spot kick to hand the Baggies a 7-6 shoot-out win after the scores were locked at 1-1.

It didn’t look good for West Brom early in the shoot-out as Oxford’s Kiwi keeper Max Crocombe saved both of their first two attempts.

But Baggies ‘keeper Boaz Myhill also managed a couple of stops to keep the home side in it and allow Davidson his magic moment.

The 23-year-old almost won the match in the dying minutes of normal time when he burst into the box but his strike was straight at Crocombe.

Davidson wasn’t to be denied in the shoot-out though, capitalising on Jake Wright’s miss to coolly convert the 18th spot-kick and send the Baggies into the third round of the competition.

There were plenty of other Aussies in action overnight.

James Wesolowski played a full match as his Shrewsbury Town side pulled off a major upset, beating Premier League club Leicester City 1-0.

Goalkeeper Adam Federici kept a clean-sheet as Reading beat Scunthorpe United 1-0, with Ryan Edwards also playing the last 16 minutes.

Socceroos due Massimo Luongo and Brad Smith both started for Swindon Town who were beaten 4-2 after extra-time by Championship club Brighton.

There was a goal and an assist for Bradden Inman in a superb performance but it wasn’t enough to save his Crewe Alexandra side, who went down in extra-time against Bolton Wanderers 3-2.

Ryan Williams and played full match as Fulham won 1-0 at Brentford but Neil Kilkenny’s Preston North End were beaten 3-1 by Middlesborough, with Bailey Wright not a part of the squad.