‘I don’t care’ – Leeds ace makes ‘unbelievable’ admission after crucial Norwich win

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Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier has admitted he doesn’t care how he saves shots, as long as they don’t go in, following his mightily impressive display against Norwich. 

The comments came after the Frenchman saved Teemu Pukki’s last gasp effort with his face to secure the Whites’ 2-1 victory over the Canaries. 

The 22-year-old claimed Elland Road was like a volcano that erupted as Joe Gelhardt bagged the stoppage time winner, earning Jesse Marsch’s first win in charge. 

Meslier told Yorkshire Evening Post: “In one of the last balls there was a flick-on from the keeper in the box and a difficult ball and finally I stayed big.

“No 22 – Pukki – shot and I saved it with my face. I don’t care if it’s the hands, the face, the chest, it’s a save, this is what’s important.”

He added: “It was an unbelievable game.

“Honestly, it was crazy because we scored in the first half but after they equalised and at the end, you think oh no this is not possible but at the end when Joffy scored it was just unbelievable.

“It was like a volcano eruption. It was fantastic.”

Key performance

Meslier comes under a lot of stick from Whites fans and understandably with the Frenchman seemingly always liable for a mistake. 

He definitely isn’t the most assured keeper, but he can pull brilliant performances out of the back with what was his best performance of the season so far against Norwich epitomising that. 

He made three vital saves that could have easily seen the Canaries run away with the game had they gone in. 

You have got to feel for the lad with how open Leeds have played this season. That has already changed under Marsch but no wonder he has shipped so many goals, he was constantly under pressure. 

Meslier needs to take the confidence from that performance and build on it. The Whites need every single player completely on it from now until the end of the season if they are to avoid relegation. 

Most importantly though, their goalkeeper. A ‘keepers form can make or break a team and if he can maintain that reliability at the back, they will be fine.

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