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Peacock-Farrell: I'm relishing the opportunity to play behind great players like Jonny Evans

 

By Steven Beacom

Bailey Peacock-Farrell was pleased to continue his international education behind Jonny Evans and Craig Cathcart and keep a clean sheet in the process against the Republic of Ireland.

The young Northern Ireland goalkeeper was not as busy as his counterpart Darren Randolph in Thursday's 0-0 draw in Dublin but looked calm and composed throughout the derby.

Unlike last month when Austria's Marko Arnautovic and Bosnia & Herzegovina's Edin Dzeko found the net against him in the Nations League, 22-year-old Peacock-Farrell didn't have to contend with anyone of that class at the Aviva Stadium.

It's worth pointing out, though, that he saved well from Shane Duffy in the first period when the Republic had their most dangerous moment.

"It was good to get a clean sheet. For myself and the rest of the team it is always nice to not concede," said the Leeds United number one.

"We have a great team and it's fantastic for me to be playing behind experienced players like Jonny Evans and Craig Cathcart.

"I'm really enjoying being part of the Northern Ireland squad and am relishing the opportunity that I'm being given."

While defensively Michael O'Neill's team were well on top of Martin O'Neill's men, they ought to have netted at the other end having carved out several good chances.

"We'll look back at the chances that we had and I feel we were the better team, so it is slightly disappointing that we didn't put them away," said Peacock-Farrell.

"Coming away with a 2-0 or 3-0 victory would have been a fair result.

"It is frustrating that we aren't putting the opportunities away but you have to take the positives that we are getting into those positions regularly.

"That's the hardest part, now we just have to work on getting the ball in the net.

"We'll take the positives out of this game and build towards Austria on Sunday in the Nations League."

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