Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell helped Northern Ireland win two Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Neil Lennon has lauded Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell for the ‘crucial’ save he made during Northern Ireland’s 2-1 win over Belarus on Sunday night.
The 22-year-old started in between the sticks for Michael O’Neill’s side, who were looking to earn another three points in their Euro 2020 qualifier after beating Estonia last time out.
Jonny Evans gave the home team the lead in the first half from a well-worked corner, but three minutes later Stasevich equalised. Josh Magennis netted the winner three minutes from time before Peacock-Farrell was forced to make a close-range save in stoppage-time following Pavel Nekhaychik’s shot at the back post.
Speaking to Sky Sports Football (24/03/2019 at 9:10 pm), Celtic manager and former Northern Ireland international, Lennon was left in awe of Peacock-Farrell and his display.
“It’s just amazing that throughout the whole game Belarus never looked like scoring,” Lennon told Sky Sports Football. “It was probably the most clear-cut chance of the game, right at the death where you are thinking ‘lads, you are professional just see it out now’. All of a sudden the winger is in acres of space and he makes a great reaction save.
“To be honest with you, he didn’t have a lot to do. That is crucial [the save]. That is worth a win that. It’s a big, big save. He did the same the other night. It’s great to have a goalkeeper that can pull you out sometimes. Crucial saves. Big moments.”
O’Neill’s side have won their opening two Euro qualifiers and have now got off to a perfect start in what is a difficult group containing the likes of Germany and Holland.
Peacock-Farrell, who has hardly played for Leeds since the turn of the year, will return to Elland Road full of confidence because he is set to start in between the sticks for the promotion-chasing club.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side were beaten at home by Sheffield United before the international break, with Kiko Casilla seeing red during the fiery encounter.
As a result, it increases the Leeds youngsters chances of starting against Millwall, who will be looking to further dent the Yorkshire clubs chances of finishing in the Championship’s top two.
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