Brentford boss Mark Warburton praises 'very talented' Leeds star Marco Silvestri

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Brentford boss Mark Warburton has heaped praise on Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri.

Leeds United made it five wins in the last six games on Saturday, earning a superb 1-0 victory over promotion chasing Middlesbrough.

Alex Mowatt's early strike was the only goal, and it was enough to take Leeds up into 11th place in the Championship table after a fine run of form.

However, the man they had to thank for the three points was Italian goalkeeper Marco Silvestri, who produced a number of fine stops to keep Boro at bay.

Aitor Karanka's side had a whopping 27 shots on goal, but couldn't find a goal as Silvestri made save after save after save to preserve Leeds' advantage.

Leeds boss Neil Redfearn has already praised the 23-year-old, calling him 'top class' after the final whistle at the Riverside Stadium, but now the former Chievo man has been lauded by the manager of one of Leeds' Championship rivals.

Brenford manager Mark Warburton took his side to Elland Road earlier this month, so saw Silvestri first hand - and told the Football League Show [22:35] that Silvestri is a natural goalkeeper.

"A combination of both, I think," said Warburton when asked whether Silvestri's performance was down to great goalkeeping or poor finishing from Middlesbrough. "He's a very talented keeper, no doubt. He's a natural shot stopper and he gives his defence enormous confidence as well," he added.

Leeds have now kept three clean sheets in a row, and Silvestri has been a key part of that, along with new signing Sol Bamba in front of him.

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