Leeds United goalkeeper reveals how he dumped Norwich City out of the EFL Cup

Leeds United goalkeeper Marco Silvestri during the penalty shoot out against Norwich City. Picture:

Leeds United goalkeeper Marco Silvestri during the penalty shoot out against Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Leeds United goalkeeper Marco Silvestri has revealed how he managed to keep out three Norwich City penalties in the Canaries' EFL Cup exit at Elland Road.

Alex Pritchard sees his penalty saved. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Alex Pritchard sees his penalty saved. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The goalkeeper and his wife, Sofia, spent time watching Norwich City's previous penalties before the fourth round tie.

Silvestri told the Yorkshire Post: 'I told her – 'him (Pritchard), he shoots in the middle tonight.

'The idea was this but when you are there, it's difficult to stay still. If he shoots right or left then you are left there. It's difficult and I don't think I'll do that any more because it's horrible. But I saved it.

'I watched the penalties and I had an idea in my mind but it's difficult to stay with one idea. It was very difficult not to dive. When you are there you feel something different, you feel that you should follow your instinct. Penalty shoot-outs are always a roulette but the preparation was good and I think that gave me a good chance.'

Silvestri, who doesn't expect to replace former Canary Rob Green as Leeds first-choice goalkeeper in the club's league fixtures, also saved spot-kicks from Steven Naismith and Robbie Brady. On the save from Brady, he added: 'When I touched it I thought 'oh no it's gone in' because I didn't the see the ball. I don't know what happened.'