By Michael Brown

20th Feb, 2020 | 12:02pm

'Looks a lot healthier' - Exclusive: Brown heralds 'Important' boost for Leeds star

Michael Brown insists that Kiko Casilla’s clean sheet against Bristol City will be a significant boost for the entire Leeds United squad.

The former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that every defender and goalkeeper wants to keep the opposition out and that Saturday’s win was an “important” result.

Luke Ayling scored the only goal of the game to give Marcelo Bielsa and his men a 1-0 win, with Casilla keeping his first clean sheet since the start of December.

Brown says getting the three points was the most important thing but that keeping Bristol City at bay was also a significant boost for the Whites.

Brown told Football Insider: “It’s like anything, get a win and a result under your belt, it’s what the club needed, that’s what was important.

“Get a result, get a win and it all looks a lot healthier than it did the week before. 

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“I think any goalkeeper, any defender wants clean sheets, they thrive on it and it’s normal. In training, they don’t want to concede, it’s the competitive edge that we’re all used to.

“That’s just a given at most clubs and the level that they’re at now, when you analyse it, everybody wants to keep clean sheets.”

Casilla has 13 Championship shutouts to his name this season, five of which came in the opening 10 matches of the campaign.

He has conceded 30 goals in 33 games so far in the league, although he has let in more than one goal on just seven occasions.

In other Leeds United news, Brown admits that his heart bleeds for an Elland Road ace after an official update.