Bailey-Peacock Farrell silenced his critics on Tuesday evening after saving a last minute penalty to give Leeds an all-important three points at home to Reading.
Leeds took the lead early in the second-half through Stuart Dallas, but they almost undid their hard work in the last minute when Barry Douglas fouled Josh Sims to given Reading the chance of earning a point.
But Peacock-Farrell tipped Marc McNulty’s penalty round the post to see Leeds hold on and move up to 2nd in the Championship table heading into the weekend’s set of fixtures.
Speaking in an interview with LUTV, the goalkeeper thought that McNulty made his decision easy by positioning himself in an angle that made it easy for Peacock-Farrell to tip his effort round the post.
“The penalty was one of those where I thought it was my time to step up, I had to make the decision to make to try and save the team and thankfully I guessed right.
“I thought he made my mind up quite early with the way his body shape was.”
The shot-stopper also revealed that he does his research on previous penalties going into games, and is keen to maintain their good run of form.
“Obviously in the heat of things you have lots to think about, in terms of where his last penalty was, his body shape and all these little things add up to a decision.
“We’ve been performing well in terms of results and we need to maintain that now.”
Leeds face one of their toughest challenges this season when they travel to Bramall Lane to face an in-form Sheffield United side who will be looking to retain their place in the top six, just like Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
This will do Peacock-Farrell’s confidence the world of good.
It’s no secret that he hasn’t been in the best of form so far this season, but the penalty save against Reading could be the turning point in his performances for the rest of their campaign.
His return from injury will be a huge boost for Marcelo Bielsa’s side and I’m confident in saying that Peacock-Farrell can play a starring role in their promotion push this season as the Whites target a return to the top-flight, after a lengthy spell away.