Ritchie praises the 'immense character' shown by Leeds's Silvestri

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Leeds United legend Andy Ritchie was impressed by the way Marco Silvestri bounced back after making a mistake against Ipswich.

Former Leeds United player Andy Ritchie has praised the spirit and character shown by the club’s current goalkeeper Marco Silvestri in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Silvestri made a bad mistake for Ipswich Town’s goal during the 2-1 victory for Leeds earlier this week before he picked himself up to save a penalty which turned out to be vital in securing all three points for Neil Redfearn’s team.

“I thought it took immense character on Silvestri’s part to pick himself up and face Murphy down,” wrote Ritchie.

“There’s a key point to remember about Leeds United’s number one. He’s only 23 - in goalkeeping years, Silvestri’s a very long way from his peak.”

Silvestri has effectively been let off the hook and because of that he’ll go into the game against Wigan this weekend with a spring in his step.

He should approach the match with a little extra motivation to ensure that he doesn’t make another mistake and have to endure the difficult feelings of regret and anxiety, which would have plagued him before the final whistle in the game against Ipswich.

He does have longevity and he is going to make further mistakes in his career, but it’s how he reacts from them which is important.

If he’s confident and playing well from the back of the team, he creates confidence in the defence and that transmits all the way through the side.

He may still only be a very young man, but he’ got a great chance to show maturity beyond his years which will impress Neil Redfearn and several others at the club.

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