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can rudy austin solve the penalty problem?

can rudy austin solve the penalty problem?

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Shooting from distance has always been a bit of a thing for Rudy Austin, but perhaps twelve yards is his actual thing.

At the end of an otherwise very unLeedsy week of international football – unless you count a couple of sub appearances for Milner and a goal for Snodgrass, and believe me, I do – Rodolph Austin grabbed an equalising goal for Jamaica that might solve a problem for Leeds United.

It was hard not to be too disappointed with Ross McCormack’s penalty miss against Bournemouth because, bless him, he never really looked like scoring it; something about the run-up, and the fact ex-loanee Flahavan was in goal, made it seem like he was destined to miss. But it does leave Leeds with the problem of who can take the next one.

Step forward, Rudy Austin. His accuracy from thirty yards – or forty, or fifty, depending how he feels – is normally a bit suspect. But from twelve? You don’t see many better penalties than the one he scored for Jamaica against Honduras last night. Hard (of course), low, right into the bottom corner – no keeper would stop that.

It didn’t do much good for Jamaica, who were already out of the World Cup qualifiers, or much harm to Honduras, for whom a draw was enough to get them to Brazil. But it might do most good for Leeds United next time we get a penalty.

 

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