Illan Meslier abused by Fulham fans in Leeds United win - Paul Robinson
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Illan Meslier suffered abuse from Fulham fans before the Leeds United goalkeeper made the match-winning penalty save on Tuesday, according to Paul Robinson.
After a goalless 90 minutes in the Carabao Cup third-round clash at Craven Cottage, Leeds won 6-5 on penalties after Meslier, 21, saved Rodrigo Muniz’s spot kick.
Meslier made the save and instantly turned to the Fulham fans behind the goal and calmly stared them out. Sky Sports’ YouTube account shows the clip.
Robinson feels Meslier did that because fans were continually trying to put him off throughout the penalties.
“He was obviously getting quite a lot of abuse,” said the former Leeds and England goalkeeper in an interview with MOT Leeds News.
“It’s always difficult when you’ve got penalties at the opposite end to your own fans because they’ll do everything they can to put you off or give you some kind of abuse.
“They obviously did but Meslier doesn’t look like the kind of character that would run around shouting and screaming. He looked comfortably happy with his performance.
“It’s disappointing he didn’t get nearer to some of the penalties early [in the shoot-out] but he made the save that counts.”
Meslier’s been a sensation for Leeds since replacing Kiko Casilla as Marcelo Bielsa’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Robinson may well be disappointed by the Frenchman not saving earlier penalties in the shoot-out on Tuesday night but ultimately, he made the one that mattered most.
Leeds are now into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup in their longest cup run since Bielsa took charge at Elland Road.
And Meslier played a massive role in that.
In other Leeds United news, Andrea Radrizzani hit out at a fan on Twitter after he tweeted about a Whites player in the win at Fulham.