Rodrigo was full of praise for Joel Robles on Instagram following his performance for Leeds United in their dramatic FA Cup clash with Cardiff City on Sunday, with the Spaniard labelling the goalkeeper ‘the best’.

Jesse Marsch’s men just about put themselves in the hat for the fourth round. But they needed a superb comeback in South Wales to force a replay against the Championship strugglers.

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Cardiff took a 2-0 lead to end their long drought in front of goal. Thankfully for Leeds, Rodrigo and Sonny Perkins were able to score after the break to give the away end something to really cheer.

Rodrigo lauds Joel Robles on Instagram after Leeds draw

There were brilliant scenes at the Cardiff City Stadium. And some would have noticed that Joel did something that has become a bit of a trademark of Illan Meslier.

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The wide shots of Leeds’ celebrations after Perkins’ stoppage-time equaliser showed Joel flying into view having run the length of the pitch to get involved.

It was a brilliant moment for the 32-year-old, who really did not deserve to have conceded twice. He made an outstanding save in the build-up to the first goal after Pascal Struijk switched off.

And he was given absolutely no chance with either of the strikes. Meanwhile, it was Joel who helped bring some urgency when Leeds were under pressure.

There was one superb moment in the first-half where he had Diego Llorente, Struijk and Sam Greenwood all coming short for the ball. However, it seems that Joel had had enough of the side trying, and failing, to build from the back and simply launched it forward. His visible frustration echoed how a lot of fans felt.

He has been a really positive signing, seemingly pushing Meslier. And it appears that his teammates certainly appreciate him.

Joel took to Instagram after the draw on Sunday. And Rodrigo was quick to laud him in response…

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