Noel Whelan assesses Felix Wiedwald's display in Leeds' loss to Millwall

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

Felix Wiedwald endured a mixed afternoon in Leeds United's defeat to Millwall on Saturday.

Bremen's goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald thanks the supporters ahead of the German first division Bundesliga football match between Werder Bremen and Hertha Berlin on April 29, 2017 in Bremen,...

Noel Whelan has suggested to BBC Radio Leeds that Felix Wiedwald's performance in Leeds' defeat to Millwall was not always the most convincing, but the scoreline could have been worse had it not been for the German.

The Whites may still be at the top of the Championship, but they are now looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season after losing 1-0 at The Den on a day where Leeds looked second-best all over the park.

Felix Wiedwald of SV Werder Bremen during the Betway Cup match between West Ham Utd and SV Werder Bremen at Boleyn Ground on August 2, 2015 in London, England.

The game was arguably one of the first tests that Wiedwald has had since he arrived at Elland Road in the summer, with Leeds keeping clean sheets in the six league games going into the clash. 

And while the 27-year-old seemed to make some mistakes - including spilling a shot that led to an offside Steve Morison putting the ball in the net - he also made some impressive saves as Millwall piled the pressure on, leaving Whelan to offer a mixed assessment of the summer signing's performance. 

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

"It was a mixed bag, wasn't it? Some of decisions and clearances weren't the best, giving the ball away in bad areas," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

"But saying that, he redeemed himself with some great shot saving. It could've been a lot worse for Leeds if it wasn't for him."

While Wiedwald would have preferred another quiet afternoon that resulted in a Leeds win and another clean sheet, some of the saves that he made will give him some confidence after a very uneventful start to life in Yorkshire. 

And that confidence could be extremely important as life in the Championship tends to mean that there could well be several fixtures in the coming months where Leeds are under-par and need their stopper to rescue them.

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