Rob Green reveals what he does to young Leeds teammates
By Danny Wright
Rob Green has said that he is not afraid to have a go at Leeds’ young players in their bid to clinch a play-off spot.
The goalkeeper is the most experienced player in what is a young Leeds squad and he wants to help get the best out of his teammates in every single game.
Defeat to Wolves on Monday could see Garry Monk’s side slip out of the top six with Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham battling it out for a chance at promotion.
Leeds are just three points clear of the seventh-placed Cottagers and also have a worse goal difference.
Green, 37, has been one of the key performers in what has been one of the Championship’s best defences this season and he’s compared the current pressure to that of their lowly league position at the beginning of the campaign.
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“It’s about being brave now. You need bravery to play your football and play without pressure,” said the 12-time England international, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“We were in the bottom three after six games. That’s pressure.
“Sometimes you’ve just got to play with freedom and you want to the young lads to have that confidence.
“I’ll have a go at them for not trying or not putting the right workrate in but if you go out, try to play and make mistakes, no-one will have a go about that.”
Green has started every league game for Leeds this season.
The shot-stopper has kept 15 clean sheets and conceded 40 goals in 42 appearances to help the West Yorkshire club up to fifth place in the table.
Monday’s opponents Wolves no longer have anything to play for this season having all-but stayed clear of relegation.
Paul Lambert’s side have lost their last two outings and sit in 16th place with 51 points.
Just three games remain of Leeds’ season after Monday.
The Whites have a trip to Burton on Saturday before their final home game of the regular campaign against Norwich.
Monk’s side will end the season with a visit to Wigan on May 7.
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