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Bailey Peacock-Farrell takes blame for third goal but he was Leeds United’s only highlight

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Bailey Peacock-Farrell takes blame for third goal but he was Leeds United’s only highlight

The 21-year-old keeper stepped in after Felix Wiedwald was dropped.

Leeds United suffered their second 3-0 defeat in the space of a week last night as Wolves put them to the sword at Elland Road.

The table-toppers, who look Premier League bound, dominated the game and there was a clear gulf in class between the two sides.

For Leeds, there was one positive from the game and that was the performance of 21-year-old goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell. Drafted in due to the troubling form of Felix Wiedwald and illness to Andy Lonergan the youngster played well on only his second appearance for Leeds.

IPSWICH, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Felix Wiedwald of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Leeds United at Portman Road on January 13, 2018 in Ipswich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

But he himself took the blame for the third goal, as he explained on LUTV:

“Obviously the third goal was a bit of a misunderstanding between myself and Pontus, on my behalf, it was my fault.

“I think that comes with decision making as you’re playing games.”

There is no doubt he could have done better with goal number three. He came rushing off his line when Pontus Jansson was in close contact to Benik Afobe. The Wolves striker deftly clipped a half-volley over the Leeds stopper into an empty net.

But, to be frank, Leeds were lucky the score was only 2-0 by the time Afobe wrapped things up. Peacock-Farrell made a number of brilliant saves in the first-half. In particular he looked good in one-on-one situations and certainly casts an imposing presence in between the sticks.

during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Leeds do not have many positives to take from the game, but the performance of their young stopper might be the only one. His performance should give Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom food for thought regarding the rest of the season.

Peacock-Farrell has surely done enough to remain the first-choice for the next game with Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

If the defenders in front of him want to start defending to the standard they should be, and offer the youngster some protection, perhaps Leeds can end their miserable run.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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