By Harry Sykes
Danny Mills has compared Rob Green to Leeds and Premier League legend Nigel Martyn for his ability to pull out big saves when it matters.
Former England international Green has been criticised by Leeds fans at various points this season for a number of mistakes.
But he was the hero on Saturday as he saved a penalty in his side’s 1-0 Championship win against Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road.
The veteran goalkeeper, 37, denied Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes from the spot by getting down brilliantly to tip the ball on to the post.
Ex-Leeds defender Mills, who played in the same team as Martyn, hailed Green for his key intervention.
“What a save from Rob Green,” said Mills on BBC Radio Five Live, as quoted by the BBC Sport live match blog (57 minutes). “Full-stretch down to his left hand side and he gets his fingertips to it.
“Unbelievable few minutes. It was a soft penalty but you can understand why it was given.
“It was a decent penalty into the corner from Jordan Rhodes. Green has had some criticism this season but he has been man enough to carry on.
“He reminds me a bit of Nigel Martyn. When you need him to make big saves, he makes them.”
Ex-England goalkeeper Martyn spent seven years at Leeds from 1996 to 2003 and is so highly regarded by supporters that he was voted into the club’s greatest ever team by supporters on the official website.
Leeds’ win against Wednesday was their eighth in nine home matches and lifted them to fourth in the Championship table.