Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan critical of goalkeeper Marco Silvestri's performance v Ipswich Town

Elland Road

The goalkeeper did not have the best of games against The Tractor Boys.

Leeds United certainly had a difficult evening last night. Not only did Executive Director Adam Pearson, who has been largely credited for the improvements made behind the scenes at Elland Road in recent times, leave the club but they also lost their first Championship game of the season.

Leeds lost at home 1-0 to Ipswich Town in a game in which goalkeeper Marco Silvestri will want to forget quickly.

He was at fault for the goal in the game and continued to put his own team under pressure with some rash decisions – in particular when it came to his distribution.

It was a display that did not impress former Leeds striker Noel Whelan. Speaking whilst working for BBC Leeds he stated:

“Silvestri is unneccesarily putting his team under pressure.

“Don't roll the ball to them - throw it. He should have caught the corner rather than trying to hit it away.

“All you have to do is get the ball into the air. You've got a good runner in Antenucci.”

It is not the first time that the Italian keeper has found himself in the firing line.

The stopper has his moments. When he is in the mood he can be unbeatable between the sticks, with exceptional shot-stopping ability.

However, he is also not comfortable at claiming crosses into his box and his distribution and decision making is often called into question.

With experienced back-up Ross Turnbull in reserve, who has a decent performance under his belt from the League Cup this season, it might be time for the Italian to find a place for himself on the bench.

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