Remembering Leeds' most notable goalkeeping performance from a defender following Giuseppe Bellusci's cameo

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United hero Lucas Radebe twice went in between the sticks for the club.

While Giuseppe Bellusci's cameo in goal for Leeds following the red card to Marco Silvestri during the defeat to Rotherham at the weekend is likely to be remembered for the wrong reasons - especially as it was the centre-back's mistake that led to the challenge that saw the goalkeeper dismissed - it would have undoubtedly evoked memories of when another of the club's defenders was so impressive between the sticks that he took the gloves on more than one occasion.

Lucas Radebe was still trying to establish himself at Leeds when during a clash with Middlesbrough - coincidentally, almost 20 years to the day of the Championship side's defeat to Rotherham - he was forced to play in goal for the second half following an injury to John Lukic. 

While United lost the game - like Bellusci against the Millers, it was Radebe's mistake that had allowed Boro to score a penalty - the South African kept a clean sheet once he had taken the gloves, and clearly performed so well that Howard Wilkinson continued to not select a goalkeeper on the substitutes' bench.

That strategy appeared to backfire one month later as Mark Beeney's 16th minute dismissal against Manchester United saw Radebe go in goal once again. 

But despite coming up against a star-studded Red Devils team, Radebe was sensational, making a string of fine saves to keep the home side at bay.

Unfortunately, he could do nothing about Roy Keane's winner 18 minutes from time, but by that point, his legacy as a cult-hero was already assured. 

Radebe's status at Elland Road was unquestionably enhanced by moments like when he went in goal and put in two excellent performances. Sadly for Bellusci, based on his showing against Rotherham, his reputation is unlikely to receive the same boost following the cameo.

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