Pundits Ian Wright and Lee Dixon have criticised Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell for his involvement in Bosnia's winning goal against Northern Ireland, as seen on ITV's UEFA Nations League Highlights (08/09, 11:05pm)
With the first international break of the season upon us, some Leeds United stars have been in international action, with Mateusz Klich featuring against Italy.
Goalkeeper Peacock-Farrell was also in action, as he put suggestions that he would switch international allegiance to play for England behind him, turning out for Northern Ireland.
Michael O'Neill's side were in action against Bosnia and Herzegovina at Windsor Park, but fell to a disappointing 2-1 home defeat in their opening UEFA Nations League clash.
Haris Duljevic put the visitors in front in the first half, before Craig Cathcart's header sold Peacock-Farrell short, and Elvis Saric nipped in to score.
Will Grigg did pull a goal back for the hosts, but Bosnia held out for the win – and the attention was turned to Peacock-Farrell's part in the winning goal.
It's fair to say that Peacock-Farrell could have dealt with the situation better, but the blame should initially lay with Cathcart, whose header back towards the goalkeeper was far too short.
After the game, pundits Lee Dixon and Ian Wright spoke on ITV's UEFA Nations League Highlights (08/09, 11:05pm), and both criticised Peacock-Farrell for being scared of getting hurt when coming out for the ball, suggesting he should have been braver and attempted to catch the ball rather than block it – but Dixon did note that it's merely a learning curve for a very good goalkeeping talent, and he will be better for it.
“Obviously, Peacock-Farrell makes a mistake here,” said Dixon. “He's just got to come and clear it or catch it, if he dives forward and get his hands on it, but I think he just gets a bit scared that he's going to get clattered, and he tries to block it.”
“He's playing for Leeds, in goalkeeping terms, he's a baby. He's 21 years of age, he's got a lot of learning to do. He's a good goalkeeper, there's no doubt about that, so it's a learning curve for him,” he added.
“The challenge the goalie made was as if he was outside the box. He's got to dive on that with his hands. I think he doesn't want to get hurt – I wouldn't be happy,” said Wright.
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