Hartlepool United’s Neil Austin says split-second decision helped him score against Leyton Orient

Neil Austin steps up to take a penalty and bring the scores level at 1-1.  Photograph by FRANK REID
Neil Austin steps up to take a penalty and bring the scores level at 1-1. Photograph by FRANK REID

NEIL Austin admits a split-second change of direction meant he found the back of the net with his penalty in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The 28-year-old realised during his run up to the 54th-minute spot-kick that goalkeeper Ben Alnwick was already moving towards the corner of the goal in which he normally places his penalties.

But Austin coolly adjusted his stance to slot nonchalantly into the opposite corner and so earned Pools a point.

“I was going to go the other way but changed my mind at the last minute and thankfully it came off,” he explained.

“I noticed the keeper was heading to the left so I went the other way at the very last second.

“But I was always confident because it’s something I practice in training.

“James Poole fancied the penalty actually, as a striker that’s understandable, but I’ve taken them before and always back myself to score.

“So if Adam Boyd isn’t on the pitch then I’ll have them in the future as well.”

Read Neil’s comments in full, plus Craig Hope’s match report, in today’s Sportmail.