Leeds United midfielder Stuart Dallas has singled out goalkeeper Illan Meslier for his performance against Norwich on Sunday (March 13).
The Whites beat their relegation rivals 2-1 at Elland Road in a decisive game in the Premier League dogfight.
The Frenchman made several key contributions to help Jesse Marsch achieve his first win in charge since taking over from Marcelo Bielsa.
“It’s one more of relief, I think,” Dallas said as per Yorkshire Evening Post.
“Even when we’ve scored to go 2-1 up, we’ve got to credit Illan, again, at the end.
“He’s come under criticism for goals we’ve conceded this year and he’s been a bit hard on himself because obviously, he’s the goalkeeper
“But he saved that one with his head the end – that could’ve been 2-2 and it could’ve been a different feeling.”
The much-needed win against Norwich was a huge relief for every last person involved with Leeds.
It was the perfect weekend for the Whites with Burnley and Everton also losing, stretching the gap to four points from the drop zone.
Everyone knows Meslier’s quality, on his day he is terrific, but he has a lot of mistakes in him. Don’t get it wrong, he looked shaky at times against Norwich, but he made several key saves which ultimately won the game.
Hopefully he can build on this performance and use the confidence to become a more assured keeper from now until the end of the season because there is no doubt Leeds will need him again.
It was a great day for Marsch too.
He can now breathe a huge sigh of relief having got his first win under his belt at Elland Road and the American can hopefully build some momentum with the team to get as far away from the bottom three places as possible.
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