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Paul Robinson has not only backed Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla after his latest blunder but added he was impressed with how he responded afterwards.
Casilla had come in for severe criticism about his form ahead of the game against Brentford on Tuesday night.
At Griffin Park, he let a simple back pass go under his feet to gift Brentford their opening goal, with even Athletic journalist Phil Hay moved to exclaim “The end for Casilla I fear”.
Leeds fought back and secured a 1-1 draw thanks to a rare Liam Cooper goal in the first half.
Many fans have since called for Casilla to be dropped but Robinson doesn’t buy into that and surprised us when he said he was actually “impressed” with him.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “I was impressed with how he bounced back after that mistake actually.
“It’s very tough for a goalkeeper, you have to have what I call golfer’s mentality. If you play a bad shot or do something wrong you have to switch off and not let that affect you.
“The hardest thing as a goalkeeper is when you make a mistake you try and chase the game or try and do something you maybe shouldn’t do, to make up for your mistake. He didn’t do that.
“Saying that, his form and confidence haven’t been great. I just think he needs a bit of support and he needs people around him.
“I’ve been there myself and it’s hard, sometimes the harder you work the worse things turn out for you.
“But look, the mistake last night was more a lapse in concentration than anything else. It wasn’t a form thing or a technical error. His position at Forest could be questioned for example, but he just took his eye off the ball last night.
“It’s just one of those things. And it’s come just at the wrong time for him.”
Robinson has been there and done it as a goalkeeper.
And it’s absolutely true that the mistake last night wasn’t a form thing or a technical error – it was one of those ‘one in a thousand’ incidents that you couldn’t script.
Overall, Leeds put in a really solid performance away against one of the league’s form teams.
It’s very unlikely that Bielsa will drop Casilla over a mistake like that so the best thing the fans can do is get behind their keeper.
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