Michael O'Neill hints he's ready to stick with Leeds United's Bailey Peacock-Farrell for upcoming Northern Ireland fixtures

Leeds United's Bailey Peacock-Farrell saves from a Middlesbrough corner during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Middlesbrough at Elland Road on August 31, 2018 in...

The Leeds United goalkeeper made his international debut last month.

Northern Ireland football manager Michael O'Neill answers questions from the media during a press conference at Windsor Park on September 7, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Bosnia-...

Michael O'Neill has hinted he is ready to stick with Bailey Peacock-Farrell as Northern Ireland's number one, despite the Leeds United goalkeeper's debut performance being called into question.

Peacock-Farrell, who has established himself as Leeds' first choice since the turn of the year, was involved in a mix-up with Craig Cathcart, the Watford defender, which allowed Bosnia to score their winning goal in last month's meeting in Belfast.

 

But speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, O'Neill insisted there is not much more the youngster could have done.

And, as one of the two called up goalkeepers playing regular football this season, Peacock-Farrell looks set to keep his place for the upcoming games against Austria and Bosnia.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell of Northern Ireland during the UEFA Nations League B group three match between Northern Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Windsor Park on September 8, 2018 in...

"When you put your goalkeeper in, you have to look at if they are playing, that’s a big part of it because a lot of goalkeeping is decision making,” said the Northern Ireland manager.

“Michael (McGovern)'s game time is limited to the cup competitions. Trevor (Carson) is playing at Motherwell and Bailey is playing at Leeds.

Michael McGovern of Northern Ireland during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Norway and Northern Ireland at Ullevaal Stadion on October 8, 2017 in Oslo, .

“Bailey and I talked about the second goal against Bosnia and personally I don’t think he could do a whole lot more with it but it probably wasn’t the start he wanted as a young goalkeeper.

“Since then he’s gone back to his club and started every game. “I think we are in a good place with the goalkeepers. Obviously Michael’s situation is frustrating for him, but we also have younger goalkeepers like Conor Hazard and Conor Mitchell and they will push through in the next 12 to 18 months.”

Leeds United's Bailey Peacock-Farrell shows his frustration after Swansea City's Oliver McBurnie (not in picture) scores his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between...

Signed upon his release by Middlesbrough's youth set up in 2013, Peacock-Farrell finally seized his opportunity after injuries to Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan last season.

But despite the summer capture of Jamal Blackman on loan from Chelsea, the 21-year-old has retained his place under the new Leeds manager, Marcelo Bielsa.

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