Leeds United: Austin at the double in Chesterfield draw

Rodolph Austin
Rodolph Austin

Rodolph Austin netted twice from the penalty spot to earn Leeds United a draw from their visit to Chesterfield on Saturday.

The Jamaican recorded two spot-kicks to cancel out Spireites midfielder Sam Morsy’s second half brace and ensure that the Championship side shared the spoils with the League Two Champions, having already lost to lower league opposition earlier in the week.

United had lost to Mansfield Town 2-0 at the One Call Stadium just four days prior to their trip to the Proact Stadium and Head Coach David Hockaday had since added to the significance of this friendly by suggesting that the starting line-up against Chesterfield would be the same eleven to face Millwall on August 9th, barring any new additions to the squad.

Hockaday ultimately opted for a 4-1-4-1 formation that saw Austin feature ahead of the defence and Matt Smith alone up front for United, while only one of the summer signings - goalkeeper Marco Silvestri - made the starting eleven. Chesterfield looked the most dangerous of the sides in the opening half. Eoin Doyle first glanced a shot narrowly wide, before Silvestri was forced into an excellent save with his legs in order to keep out midfielder Sam Morsy.

Leeds’ only real first-half chance came at the hands of Luke Murphy, who failed to convert an Aidy White cross just before the break.

Smith left the field at half-time with a suspected back injury, making way for Souleymane Doukara and it was just two minutes after the restart that United took the lead.

Murphy was felled in the box by Jimmy Ryan and Austin duly converted the resultant penalty, although the lead was short lived.

Less than ten minutes later and Sam Morsy found the scoresheet for the Spireites, netting a low drive from outside the box. Morsy then completed his brace on 67 minutes, turning and shooting past Silvestri in the area.

Leeds were not to be disturbed however and the pressure proved telling with just four minutes to go, as Sam Byram was fouled by Daniel Jones for a second penalty, allowing Austin to keep his cool and slot home a second penalty, earning his side a share of the spoils in the process.