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Peacock-Farrell shines for Northern Ireland

3 September 2021

Bailey Peacock-Farrell took centre stage on Thursday night as his vital penalty save helped Northern Ireland to victory in Lithuania.

Leading 2-1 in the World Cup qualifier, Ireland conceded a spot-kick but Wednesday’s loanee keeper sprung to his left to deny Arvydas Novikovas.

Peacock-Farrell, of course, also shone domestically against Rotherham recently with a spectacular penalty save.

Ireland ran out 4-1 winners to keep their qualification hopes alive.

They host Switzerland on Wednesday night in the knowledge that a win would lift Ian Baraclough’s side to second in Group C.

Former Northern Ireland international Neil Lennon was glowing in his praise for Peacock-Farrell.

He said: “He’s settled now, playing for a big club at a decent level consistently. He’s looking sharper, he looks in good condition and I thought the save he made tonight from the penalty was fantastic. Really, really good.

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“Goalkeepers are a different breed. Away from home you need your goalkeeper to play well and in a big, big moment in an important game, Bailey has come up trumps for the team. They went on to win the game and that was certainly a pivotal moment.

“He comes up with some important saves at some important times. He has shown his worth and he is playing regular football now.

“He has shown how good he is as a keeper and Premier League class, which is what he is. I think his time with Sheffield Wednesday will be a good one for him and it is an important save he has made. We were 2-1 up at the time, so to pull off a save like that was brilliant.”

 


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