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West Ham boss has praised the quality of Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier

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West Ham boss has praised the quality of Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier

West Ham manager David Moyes gave massive credit to Leeds United’s Illan Meslier for his performance on Friday night against his side.

The Hammers secured a 2-1 away win last night at Elland Road over Leeds, which was a result that saw them climb to fifth in the Premier League table, while the Whites remain 14th.

Tomas Soucek and Angelo Ogbonna both scored for visitors West Ham to help overturn an early penalty from Matuesz Klich.

Despite the fact Ogbonna’s winner didn’t come until the 80th minute, West Ham had several clear opportunities to go ahead beforehand and on the balance of play deserved their victory.

Moyes picked out Leeds goalkeeper Meslier for huge praise for his latest individual display.

 

The 20-year-old may have felt he could have got a stronger hand to Soucek’s header for the opening goal, but apart from that he was his team’s man of the match with a string of quality saves and a standout one was a reaction to a rocket Fabian Balbuena header.

“I think the outstanding player was the goalkeeper of Leeds. His saves were fantastic and he’s looking very impressive I’ve got to say,” Moyes said on Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (10:20pm, 11 December).

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TBR’s View:

Leeds are going through a bit of a rough patch right now that was inevitable to come during the course of the Premier League season, as people need to remember they are only a newly-promoted side that in the their first year have to be happy with staying in the division.

A few players have seen their levels drop by 10 per cent, but young goalkeeper Meslier has been one of the individuals shining throughout the course of the whole season so far.

The Frenchman has shown he’s a brilliant shot-stopper capable of the spectacular and he kept the scoreline down on Friday night, which is why comments from Moyes were definitely justified.

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