By Danny Mills

8th Nov, 2020 | 12:25pm

'Wow' - Exclusive: Danny Mills hits back at BBC pundit slating Leeds player

Danny Mills has come out in staunch defence of Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier after Marcelo Bielsa’s side lost 4-1 at Crystal Palace yesterday.

The former Whites and Manchester City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, is adamant that the 20-year-old was not at fault for any of the Eagles’ four goals at Selhurst Park.

Former England internationals Matthew Upson criticised the young shot-stopper on BBC Radio 5 Live, saying he has “no idea” how Meslier did not react to Helder Costa’s own goal.

Meslier has started all eight of Leeds’ Premier League fixtures this season and has impressed with his displays since replacing Kiko Casilla as the club’s number one.

However, yesterday’s heavy defeat means Marcelo Bielsa’s have conceded 17 league goals this season – the most in the division.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Meslier’s performance on Saturday, Mills said: “You have to look at each goal.

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“There was not massive mistakes in the performance. Which ones could he have really saved?

“The free-kick he can do nothing about and he also could not do a lot with the own goal.

“He is not expecting the deflection for the own goal. It he save that it would have been amazing and everyone would have held their hands up and gone, ‘Wow. What a save that was. Unreal.’

“He was maybe slightly out of position for that one but by no means can you put it down as a bad performance.” 

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