Leeds fans pan senior player as a liability after win over Derby
By Alex Stevens
Rob Green nearly gift-wrapped Derby an equalising goal in Leeds’ 1-0 win over the league rivals on Friday – and fans took to Twitter to pan the goalkeeper as a liability.
Supporters were unimpressed at the performance of error-prone veteran in an otherwise excellent team performance at Elland Road.
At the 50-minute mark, with Leeds a goal ahead through an emphatic Chris Wood header, Green smacked a clearance against Derby and former England striker Darren Bent and watched it rebound into his net.
Bent ran off to celebrate what appeared to be the equaliser but referee Scott Duncan blew for handball – correctly as replays subsequently showed – and Green was handed a lifeline.
Fans were critical of the 36-year-old keeper, who they claimed makes far too many mistakes and is the biggest concern as the team’s promotion challenge gets into full swing.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Ronaldo Vieira a fine talent, Hernandez once again ran the show, Ayling also very solid.
Only criticism is Robert Green, a liability #lufc
— Dale (@Dale_MCFC) January 13, 2017
— Jaemon Targaryen (@JaemonTargaryen) January 14, 2017
Outstanding. Every player was fantastic tonight. Except Green. Season promising so much now #lufc
— James Satterthwaite (@superior_james) January 13, 2017
Only Green making me worried. #lufc
— Jonathan Lorrimer (@Lorrimer) January 13, 2017
Rob Green is gash #lufc
— Daniel Wright (@DanielWright10) January 13, 2017
— McKfrenzie (@McKfrenzie) January 13, 2017
#LUFC Fml ? classic Green escapades
— Jonny Russell (@JonnyRussellUK) January 13, 2017
The obligatory Rob Green car crush over and done with #lufc
— Jallan (@joebillallan) January 13, 2017
Green has been a mainstay of Garry Monk’s promotion-challenging side this season, starting all 26 of their Championship matches.
He is the undisputed No1 at Elland Road after displacing Marco Silvestri, who has only appeared in cup competitions this season.
Leeds’ win against Derby was their sixth in seven matches in all competitions and continues their excellent form either side of the festive period.
Monk’s side have climbed to third in the table ahead of the rest of the weekend league fixtures, their highest position for more than three years.
They are now just four points adrift of Newcastle in the second automatic promotion spot.
In other Leeds news, Monk has made a shock transfer revelation after meeting with new owner Andrea Radrizzani.