Neil Redfearn praises 'top class' Marco Silvestri after impressing against Middlesbrough

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn says Marco Silvestri is now a 'top class keeper' after his man of the match display against Middlesbrough.

Leeds United made it five wins in the last six Championship games with a shock 1-0 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

Boro are challenging for promotion and were top of the table before the clash on Saturday afternoon, but came unstuck against a resilient Leeds side.

A goal from Alex Mowatt inside the first three minutes of the game was enough to hand Neil Redfearn's men another three points, lifting them up into 11th place in the table.

It didn't come easily, though. Leeds had eight shots on goal, but Middlesbrough had 27 shots, peppering the Leeds goal throughout in what seemed to be one-way traffic during the second half.

The man Leeds had to thank was goalkeeper Marco Silvestri, who made a string of fine saves to keep Middlesbrough at bay in a man of the match performance.

The Italian, who arrived from Chievo last summer, has had his ups and downs in the English game, but the 23-year-old is now starting to show how good he can be - and manager Neil Redfearn told LUTV that he's delighted with Silvestri's improvement.

"He's a top-class keeper," said Redfearn. "His shot stopping is unbelievable, its second to none. His game management has got better and better and better, he's got more presence about him, and he's going to be a real asset for the club," he added.

Contracted until 2018, Silvestri is still a young goalkeeper who is adjusting to English football and of course the English language - and if he continues to improve at his current rate, he will be an outstanding player for Leeds in years to come.

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