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Bielsa praises Peacock-Farrell after narrow Reading win

Leeds United moved up to second in the Championship table last night after securing a heard fought 1-0 win over Reading at Elland Road.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side looked took the lead on the hour mark through Stuart Dallas, although the Whites looked like they had blown their chances of taking all three points when they conceded a last-minute penalty.

However, young goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell made himself a hero by saving Marc McNulty’s spot kick.

Speaking after the games Bielsa admitted his side had been hanging on near the end and praised his 22-year-old ‘keeper.

“We would’ve liked to have finished the game in better conditions and Reading dared to play more in the closing stages,” Bielsa told the press after the game.

“We didn’t take the right positional choices to combat that after making a number of changes in the second half.

“There were a lot of attacking players out there at the end who perhaps aren’t used to playing a more defensive role when needed.

“I’m very happy for (goalkeeper) Bailey Peacock-Farrell and the team, he has shown bravery and resolve in games and he had a big influence in keeping us ahead in the game.”

Leeds have been linked with signing a new ‘keeper in recent weeks, with Cardiff’s Wes Foderingham and Burnley’s Tom Heaton thought to be among their targets.

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