Frank Mulhern extended his hot streak of form with another two goals in a 2-2 draw between Leeds United’s Under-21s and Brentford yesterday.
The Irish striker followed up his brace in last week’s 3-0 win over Bristol City with another double as Leeds fought back from 2-1 down to earn a point in London.
Mulhern’s tally for the season – his first as a professional at Elland Road – stands at five in five appearances and he averted defeat against Brentford with a strike four minutes from time.
The 18-year-old had earlier opened the scoring before Brentford’s development side recovered with two strikes from Jan Holldack.
Academy director Paul Hart fielded a young line-up featuring no senior first-team players with Uwe Rosler’s squad beginning their preparation for Sunday’s Championship match at Middlesbrough.
Casper Sloth and Lee Erwin – both of whom featured against Bristol City last week – were both omitted and look increasingly likely to move out on loan after failing to make an impression on the first team this season.
Erwin – a summer signing from Motherwell – has been included in a number of matchday squads but is yet to make his competitive debut and was not part of the 18-man group at MK Dons last weekend.
Sloth has been peripheral since the latter stages of pre-season and Rosler admitted recently that Leeds were open to the possibility of the former Aarhus midfielder moving on.
Rosler said: “I have the ultimate respect for Casper. He will get his reward. Will he get his reward with us or another club? I don’t know. But the way he behaves and works is exceptional. He’s a role model.”
Scholar Mallik Wilks made the bench against Brentford having caught the eye with a four-goal haul for Leeds’ Under-18s in a 9-2 rout of Queens Park Rangers over the weekend.
United: Grimes, Coyle, Vann, Skelton, Denton, Purver, Parkin, Stokes, Walters, McDaid, Mulhern. Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Pearce, Lyman, Oduor, Wilks.