Date: 10th January 2017 at 6:30am
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By Dominic Toner

Marco Silvestri made his fifth appearance of the season for Leeds against Cambridge – and the club’s supporters were highly critical of his performance.

The 25-year-old goalkeeper was named in the starting line-up as Garry Monk made eight changes for the FA Cup third-round tie on Monday.

The Whites were outplayed by the League Two opposition in the first-half and went into the half-time interval 1-0 down.

Uche Ikpeazu gave the underdogs the lead as his shot inside the penalty area found its way past Silvestri at the near post.

Monk’s side did manage to fight back after the break and goals from Stuart Dallas and Alex Mowatt booked their place in the next round, where they will face the winners of AFC Wimbledon and Sutton United.

Leeds fans were still angry with Silvestri’s performance despite the victory and feel he proved why he is not the club’s number one goalkeeper.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/super_leeds70/status/818569667094650880

Silvestri has found his game time limited at Elland Road this season and he is currently considered the number two option.

Monk has used veteran goalkeeper Rob Green as his number one this season and he has helped Leeds turn into promotion candidates.

Silvestri’s five appearances have all come in cup competitions and he is yet to feature in the Championship this campaign.

The Italian moved to the Yorkshire club in 2014 and was used as the first-choice goalkeeper for the last two seasons.

However, he seems a long way off regaining his number one jersey and is next opportunity is likely to come in the club’s next cup match.

In other Leeds news, the club’s senior player left the Cambridge stadium on crutches.