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Neil Lennon lauds Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell after Northern Ireland win

Neil Lennon, Interim manager of Celtic looks on during the Scottish Cup quarter final match between Hibernian and Celtic at Easter Road on March 02, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell helped Northern Ireland win two Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Antrim , Ireland - 21 March 2019; Bailey Peacock-Farrell of Northern Ireland prior to the UEFA EURO2020 Qualifier - Group C match between Northern Ireland and Estonia at National Football...

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." 

Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Kiko Casilla before the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham United and Leeds United at the New York Stadium, Rotherham on Saturday 26th January 2019.

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. 

Marcelo Bielsa, Head Coach of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Leeds United at Madejski Stadium on March 12, 2019 in Reading, England.

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