Leeds United's Rob Green proves Garry Monk was right to keep the faith

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

The 37-year-old was on the wrong end of plenty of criticism earlier in the season.

Robert Green of Leeds United

Well that’s one way to put an emphatic end to any lingering doubts. The Leeds United supporters may have taken their time to warm to Rob Green but, after their nervy 2-1 win against Bristol City on Tuesday night, the calls for Marco Silvestri to return to the starting XI have all but subsided.

In fact, Leeds boss Garry Monk made sure to praise his in-form goalkeeper in the aftermath of a crucial victory which keeps The Whites within touching distance of third placed Huddersfield Town, as reported by the Daily Star.

And he had good reason to be impressed. Chris Wood and Pablo Hernandez maintain their superb seasons with a goal apiece but, without Green’s heroics between the sticks, Leeds’ winless run may have stretched to three games.

Leeds United's Robert Green makes a save from Blackburn Rovers' Danny Graham

Clawing away goal-bound efforts from Matty Taylor, David Cotterill and Milan Djuric before the latter netted a late consolation, the 37-year-old rolled back the years, making a total of eight saves across the 90 minutes. For the record, that’s six more than his opposite number Fabian Giefer.

That horror spill against Newcastle United in November, and the barrage of demands for the veteran ‘keeper to pay with his starting berth, appear a world away.

Leeds United's Rob Green reacts after Newcastle's Dwight Gayle scores their second goal

He may have been rusty at the start of the season but, at the moment, a well-oiled Green is performing at his full potential.

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