8 saves, impressive distribution - Leeds star delivers best performance so far

Elland Road pitchside

Marco Silvestri was one of Leeds' star performers at Brentford on Saturday.

Yesterday's 2-0 loss at Brentford was in stark contrast to Marco Silvestri's outing against Huddersfield last weekend.

In that clash, the Italian didn't have to make a save, such was Leeds United's dominance against Chris Powell's men.

Against Brentford, however, Silvestri was under constant pressure and could not stop his side conceding twice and falling to defeat after four games unbeaten.

Luckily for the shot stopper, though, he was in the right form to deal with the onslaught...

  PositionTeamMatchSavesCrosses ClaimedAccurate Goal KicksAccurate Keeper ThrowsMins Played
Marco Silvestri GK Leeds Brentford vs Leeds 8 1 9 4 90
Marco Silvestri GK Leeds Leeds vs Bolton 8 4 4 0 90
Marco Silvestri GK Leeds Bournemouth vs Leeds 6 1 2 2 90

Indeed, as Opta stats show, Silvestri produced his best performance of the Championship season so far on Saturday, making eight saves and impressing with his distribution.

The 23-year-old has shown plenty of promise so far at Elland Road but has only made as many saves once before, during his side's win against Bolton - Neil Redfearn's first game in charge as caretaker boss. That day, Silvestri claimed more crosses but his distribution was not nearly as good.

A sign of promise, then, for new boss Darko Milanic? After all, Silvestri's performance also ties in with the fact that Leeds improved in a number of key areas under their new manager.

An optimist will say that's a reason for hope for Milanic. A pessimist, however, will argue it could have been a lot worse without Silvestri saving his side's bacon...

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