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BBC pundit in awe of £7m West Ham star’s heroics vs Leeds

Michael Brown has praised Lukasz Fabianski for his ‘incredible save’ to deny Leeds United a win over West Ham United. The goalkeeper kept out Rodrigo late on to take a 2-2 draw, writes the HITC.

Rodrigo had already beaten Fabianski once at Elland Road on Wednesday night to pull his side back level. The Spaniard found the net in the 70th minute following a Lucas Paqueta penalty (45+1’) and a goal by Gianluca Scamacca (46’) to strike out Wilfried Gnonto (27’).

Leeds took an early lead in West Yorkshire when Gnonto lashed the ball past Fabianski for his first goal. The 19-year-old joined the Whites from FC Zurich for £4m in September last year. But he had only offered one assist and no goals during the Italian’s six prior outings.

Yet Paqueta ensured West Ham returned to the dressing rooms level at the break after a VAR review adjudged Pascal Struijk to have fouled Jarrod Bowen. Scamacca then punished Brenden Aaronson for his wayward pass 25 yards out just 45 seconds into the second half.

West Ham, however, would not hold on after Rodrigo drilled a low attempt home to draw Leeds level. The 2-2 draw leaves the Hammers in 17th place and the Whites in 14th. David Moyes’ Irons are also only outside of the relegation zone on goal difference from Everton.

Rodrigo nearly pushed West Ham into the bottom three late on as Leeds tested Fabianski for a would-be winning goal. The Spaniard aimed his header on target from Joe Gelhardt’s free-kick with virtually the final touch. But Fabianski pulled off a superb one-handed stop.

Fabianski captivated former Manchester City midfielder Brown with his crucial save on the road on Wednesday. Although it came too late in the game for the Irons’ £7m signing from Swansea City in 2018 to record his fifth clean sheet in 18 Premier League games this term.

“An incredible save, you thought that might be the winner,” Brown stated on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. “You’re thinking it’s a goal but what a save. It’s a remarkable second half and Leeds certainly deserved more than what they got tonight.”