Marco Silvestri made a shaky start to the season in Leeds United's goal.
Marco Silvestri has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he deserved the criticism he received from Leeds United supporters earlier this season.
Silvestri came under pressure from Whites supporters, after he made a series of high-profile errors during Uwe Rosler’s time in charge.
The Italian stopper looked all at sea over the early part of the campaign, and Steve Evans made signing a goalkeeper one of his priorities after taking charge.
However, Silvestri has responded to his critics by putting in some fine performances of late, and the 24-year-old is pleased to have got back to his best in recent weeks.
“Criticism is normal in football and it’s normal at a club like Leeds,” Silvestri said. “We have a lot of fans and they want us to be the best we can.
“I know that at the start of the season I could have played better but the important thing now is that I’ve changed (my form). For me, the criticism was correct because I know what I can do.”
Silvestri’s shot-stopping ability has rarely been questioned at Leeds, but his failure to deal with crosses was a frustration.
The former Chievo stopper was guilty of costing Leeds points early on in the campaign – with his display in a 2-2 draw against Bristol City arguably his worst of the season.
Silvestri seems to be much more confident now though, and Leeds were indebted to him last weekend when he made an excellent save to ensure that they got a point at Charlton Athletic.
Silvestri will hope to continue to win over the supporters at Elland Road, with his next chance to impress coming against Wolverhampton Wanderers later this evening.