Leeds fans react on Twitter to Marco Silvestri's 'world-class' performance v Middlesbrough

The Leeds goalkeeper was out of this world against Middlesbrough.

Above is a tweet comparing Marco Silvestri and Sol Bamba to tanks.

That sums up what Leeds United fans were saying after a remarkable 1-0 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.

The Yorkshire side started well enough on the front foot, with Lewis Cook teeing up Alex Mowatt for a third-minute opener.

Gradually thereafter, though, Middlesbrough took control of the game until they were absolutely dominant against Neil Redfearn's men.

And the fact Leeds left the Riverside Stadium with all three points was huge credit to their back line - and even more so their Italian goalkeeper.

Indeed, 23-year-old Silvestri wasn't voted man of the match for nothing, producing several simply amazing saves against Middlesbrough.

  MatchSavesMinutes Played
Tomasz Kuszczak Huddersfield vs Wolves 12 90
Marco Silvestri Middlesbrough vs Leeds 10 90
Simon Eastwood Middlesbrough vs Blackburn 9 90

As Opta stats show, Silvestri's incredible 10-save haul at Middlesbrough was the second-best individual goalkeeping performance of the Championship season.

And Leeds fans didn't fail to notice on Twitter after the game. As well as comparing Silvestri and Bamba to tanks, many United supporters felt their goalkeeper delivered a world-class display. One fan even tipped him to be Italy's next Gianluigi Buffon...

Silvestri has received criticism for his aerial ability this term and that remains a weak area of his game. But the Leeds 'keeper is second to none when it comes to shot stopping, as he proved so ably against Boro...

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