Rob Green makes revelation about Leeds penalty heroics v Sheffield Wednesday
By Harry Sykes
Rob Green has revealed that he saved Jordan Rhodes’ penalty in Leeds’ win against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday because he had done his homework about where it would be struck.
The veteran goalkeeper, 37, denied Wednesday striker Rhodes from the spot early in the second half by getting down brilliantly to his left to tip the ball on to the post.
The superb save enabled Leeds to hold on to the advantage secured by Chris Wood’s first-half goal and chisel out a landmark 1-0 Championship victory against their derby and promotion rivals.
“It was a case of getting down to it on the penalty, it felt like a long way,” Green told Sky Sports 1’s live coverage of the match.
“We do our homework every day with the penalty takers, we came up with a theory and you’ve got to stick to it.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
“I did my homework and thankfully it paid off.
“It was a tight game, I think the penalty was the only shot they had on target and we didn’t have many more..
“The fans have been great for us here.”
Leeds’ win lifted them above Reading and into fourth in the Championship ahead of the rest of the weekend fixtures.
Garry Monk’s side have now won eight of their last nine home matches as they continue to make Elland Road a fortress.
In total, Leeds have accumulated 61 points from 34 league matches and are eight points clear of seventh placed Fulham.