3 lessons learned from Bailey Peacock-Farrell's Leeds United performance

Dark Clouds form over Elland road as First Division football becomes a reality during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Leeds United and Charlton Athletic at Elland Road on May...

Young Leeds United goalkeeper was handed his first start since 2016 last night.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United handed goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell a first start since 2016 last night against Wolves.

Selecting Peacock-Farrell was as much about frustration with number one stopper Felix Wiedwald as anything, with regular deputy Andy Lonergan out injured.

Leeds were always expected to lose to league leaders Wolves last night and Peacock-Farrell had a tough task, but it was useful for Leeds to put him out there and he was not a liability like Wiedwald has been.

Here are three things we learned from Peacock-Farrell's performance...

He is a good shot stopper

Peacock-Farrell may have conceded three goals but he kept the score respectable.

He was quick off his line and eager to close down space on any advancing forwards.

It is clear to see he has talent and the ability to have a fine career if he is given more chances, whether that is at Leeds or elsewhere.

He lacks command of his penalty box

Perhaps it was nerves, or he is still developing his authority at a young age, but Peacock-Farrell was reluctant to deal with corners or crosses into the box.

A top level goalkeeper would be happy to wade through the bodies and try to claim the high ball, but Peacock-Farrell preferred to stay put and react.

This is better than Wiedwald's tendency to attempt to claim the ball, completely miss and concede a goal, but it is an area in which Peacock-Farrell must try to strengthen.

Leeds goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald catches his own player Pontus Jansson whilst clearing a corner during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City...

Leeds' problems are bigger than goalkeeper

Felix Wiedwald has been a liability frequently this season, but simply taking him out of the starting line-up was not the answer to Leeds' problems.

The Whites were shaky defensively from full-back to centre-back to midfield, bettered all over the pitch by a superior Wolves team.

Leeds owner Radrizzani has a lot of work to do to drag this squad up to the level required to challenge for the play-offs this season, with this year's hopes seemingly over already.

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