Ex-United starlet aims to impress Leeds fans

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Leeds United keeper Paul Rachubka is hoping to get the fans back on his side against Blackpool when the two sides meet in the Npower Championship tomorrow night.

The former Manchester United keeper is set for an extended run in the team at Elland Road, with first choice stopper Andy Lonergan out of action until next month after finger surgery.

It's handed Rachubka an unexpected run in the first-team, but an injury-time error against Coventry City on debut continues to haunt the 30-year-old.

“It’s what happens in goalkeeping. You can be stood there in a frozen yellow jersey and you are exposed if you do things wrong," he said ahead of the Tangerines clash.

“If you do things right, it’s a case of ‘well done’, but you are expected to do things right (as a goalkeeper). You are in a bit of a no-win situation – why be a goalkeeper? But I enjoy my job and work hard in training to try and eliminate stuff like that during a game.

“You’ve just got to believe in yourself and keep going and that’s what I’ve done. I know I’ve got a long way to climb back with my reputation and have got to prove it all to the fans again that it was a one-off."

Manager Simon Grayson, who has previously worked with the player during a stint together with Wednesday night's opposition, was quick to back his keeper, who graduated through the Manchester United academy to spend two years with the senior side. He made two competitive appearances for the Old Trafford outfit, and didn't concede a goal.

His mind if firmly on the Whites' at the moment though, and Rachubka is taking the words of his boss as a positive to build on.

“That was a positive and I’ve taken a lot from that, which has been good and I’ll keep going,” the Leeds stopper concluded.

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