Steve Evans gives immediate verdict on Bailey Peacock-Farrell's first Leeds United start

Steve Evans has hailed Leeds goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that he was 'really pleased' with goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell's performance against Queens Park Rangers.

The Whites saw first choice goalkeeper Marco Silvestri receive a red card against Rotherham United on Saturday afternoon, and with Ross Turnbull still out injured, youngster Peacock-Farrell was thrust in for his senior debut this evening.

The 19-year-old, formerly of Middlesbrough, has been playing for the club's Under-21 side, but hadn't kicked a ball for the Leeds first-team before tonight's 1-1 draw.

With Chris Wood putting Leeds 1-0 up, it looked like Peacock-Farrell would keep a clean sheet on his Leeds debut. However, Giuseppe Bellusci's foul on Sebastian Polter gave QPR a penalty, and Tjaronn Chery smashed past Peacock-Farrell to hand QPR a share of the spoils.

After the game, manager Evans was unsurprisingly asked what he thought of Peacock-Farrell's performance, and he spoke to BBC Radio Leeds about the teenager.

Evans admitted that he thought Peacock-Farrell was impressive, and he was 'really pleased' with his performance, whilst he also praised the fans for supporting the youngster on his home debut.

Evans also revealed that he told the goalkeeper after the game - that he'll play many more times for Leeds, and his debut would have been fantastic had he managed to keep a clean sheet.

"I've just said to him that he'll play many more games for Leeds United, and he'll play more games before the end of the season," said Evans. "He stepped in tonight, and I must admit, I wear my heart on my sleeve and I say it as it is; what an ovation he got from the Kop before the game. I thought it was absolutely fantastic of them, and his first catch, his first kick, they were right behind him and it settled him down. We're really pleased with him, and I said to him that it would have been a fantastic debut with a clean sheet, but unfortunately he had to concede a goal," he added.

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