Eddie Gray speaks up to defend under pressure Leeds United star

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Eddie Gray believes Leeds United should be thankful to Marco Silvestri despite his inconsistencies.

Leeds United goalkeeper Marco Silvestri continues to cause a headache for fans with his performances, culpable in part for conceding a soft goal against Bolton.

It was the same story as earlier in the week against Fulham, with The Whites coming back to claim a 1-1 draw at the Reebok as they did at Craven Cottage.

With summer signing and experienced stopper Ross Turnbull suffering an ankle injury, Leeds have only the raw Charlie Horton as back-up for the Italian.

Leeds ambassador Eddie Gray believes the support must get behind Silvestri, and be thankful for the way he kept his side in the game in the second half.

He told LUTV: "The goalkeeper's got to deal with that. Everybody's critical of the goalkeeper, but what you've got to say is, if he doesn't make that save in the second half it's two-nothing and the game is finished.

"We go up the park and get a penalty kick, so you've got to give the goalkeeper credit for that."

Gray is right in that there is a fuller picture which needs to be taken into account regarding Silvestri, but his lack of command at dealing with crosses is evident on a weekly basis.

If Leeds had a viable alternative to Silvestri, it's likely new boss Steve Evans would make a change, having seen his side play well in his first two matches in charge only to concede soft, preventable goals.

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