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Phil Brown blames Marco Silvestri for Leeds' latest defeat

Leeds United suffered a 1-0 defeat against Burnley on Saturday.

Phil Brown has questioned the role played by Leeds United goalkeeper Marco Silvestri in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Burnley.

Scott Arfield's first-minute strike proved the difference at Turf Moor and speaking on Channel 5's Football League Tonight show, Southend United boss Brown suggested Silvestri made a glaring mistake.

"The keeper looks like he thinks it’s going wide, and he can’t at that stage of the game," the 56-year-old said while appearing on the highlights package. "Get a touch on it, defend a corner."

Silvestri was returning to the Whites' lineup having missed Tuesday's draw with Queens Park Rangers through suspension.

The Italian was partly culpable for Rotherham United's winner last weekend, having brought down Lee Frecklington as he bore down on goal following a missed clearance by Giuseppe Bellusci.

Debutant Bailey Peacock-Farrell performed admirably in Silvestri's absence and has been promised at least one more first-team appearance this season by head coach Steve Evans.

According to Opta, only three Championship goalkeepers, Robert Green, Tomasz Kuszczak and David Stockdale, have made more errors leading to goals than Silvestri (three) this season.

  PositionTeamError Lead To GoalAppearancesMins Played
Robert Green GK QPR 4 24 2,142
Tomasz Kuszczak GK Birmingham 4 39 3,510
David Stockdale GK Brighton 4 40 3,600
Marco Silvestri GK Leeds 3 39 3,509

However, the 25-year-old's perceived error against Burnley does not count towards the above tally.

Silvestri has another two seasons to run on the four-year deal he signed at Elland Road in 2014.

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