By Danny Wright
Veteran goalkeeper Rob Green has lifted the pressure on his team mates as Leeds bid for promotion to the Premier League intensifies.
Leeds beat Bristol City on Tuesday night to end a run of back-to-back defeats to but their promotion bid back on track.
Garry Monk’s side are firmly inside the play-off places after the victory and Green said to the Yorkshire Evening Post that this sort of pressure is enjoyable to play under.
At 37-years-old, the goalkeeper is the oldest member of a young Leeds side and sees himself as a senior figure in the dressing room.
Green is of course speaking from experience as he has been part of promotion winning sides on three occasions with three different clubs.
He first won the league with Norwich in 2003/04 before winning the play-offs with West Ham in 2011/12 and QPR in 2013/14.
Leeds have not returned to the top flight since their relegation from the Premier League in 2004.
“The fans have had a long period of suffering here and with all the troubles they’ve been through, to get a glimpse of that tantalising sight can quickly turn into desperation or a bit of pressure,” the ex-England international said to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“It’s one of my roles as one of the senior members of the team to relieve the pressure and explain to the lads that this is fun pressure. This is nice pressure to play under. After six games we were in the bottom three so you’d take being fifth in the league. You’d take that with 14 games to go.
“It’s a really good position to be in and while we’re desperately keen to take the chance, we really need to keep steady heads. We’re in a 14-game season now where we’ve got a bit of a head start on the teams in seventh and below.”
The former West Ham keeper has been key in Monk’s team this season and he has made 33 appearances for the club in all competitions.
Green has kept 11 clean sheets in the Championship and has conceded 33 goals.
In other Leeds news, Neil Redfern backs this duo to start against Ipswich.