Leeds United were thrashed 4-1 by West Bromwich Albion, as Darren Moore’s side scored all four goals in a second half rampage of Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Goals from Hal Robson-Kanu, Matt Phillips, Harrison Barnes and Dwight Gayle put West Brom 4-0 up, before Leeds United’s Pablo Hernandez scored a late consolation goal two minutes into stoppage time.
Leeds United dominated possession throughout the game, finishing the game with 72% possession. However, The Whites failed to do anything worthwhile with the ball and couldn’t convert their possession into goals, having 15 shots but only three on target.
There were no stand out performers for United, but goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s performance was highlighted for all the wrong reasons. Matt Phillips’ effort from long range went through the hands of the Northern Ireland international to double The Baggies’ lead.
Bielsa made a point after the game that the defeat was not his ‘keeper’s fault.
“He saved some goals. I don’t think he has a high percentage of responsibility for the defeat,” Bielsa told the Yorskhire Evening Post.
“I don’t like to talk deeply about good things or bad things by one individual player, especially after a game like this one and especially when we lost with such a difference in the score. But what I can tell you for sure is that our goalkeeper is not responsible for the defeat.
“The spaces the opponent found to attack made it easier to score the goals they scored. It (the defeat) has to do with the design of the game more than the efficiency of the goalkeeper.”
The ‘keeper also made a mistake against Birmingham City from a Che Adams long distance effort, leading to defeat – just as his error versus West Brom.
Leeds United fans were understandably angry with their side’s overall performance, but made a point to criticize Peacock-Farrell too.
Backed Peacock-Farrell for as long as possible but that just topped it off tonight. Need to be giving Blackman a start. Point in bringing a second choice in that was a regular for Blades last season to just sit on bench all year.
— CR (@Charlie_Robb96) November 10, 2018
When I’m passionate about an opinion I stick to it and hope that people start to agree. Often they don’t, but I’m glad the opinion that Peacock Farrell isn’t good enough for a promotion chasing championship side is an opinion being shared by thousands tonight. Embarrassing. #lufc
— Bealo (@bealolufc) November 10, 2018
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) November 10, 2018
Peacock Farrell simply not good enough.
The fact that "He's one of our own" doesn't change this.
— Matty Limb (@matty_limb) November 10, 2018
Quite odd how Jamal Blackman, good at Sheff Utd last season, has barely had a look in. Peacock-Farrell been very good this season generally but has to do better for several of the goals conceded. Reminds me when Guardiola brought in Bravo….goalkeeping duties come first
— Stephen Barry (@StephenBarry20) November 10, 2018
Peacock-Farrell makes a fair few camera saves, but he's not a Championship standard goalkeeper.
— Scott Williams (@scottw90) November 10, 2018
I wish people would leave Bailey Peacock-Farrell alone he is a good keeper that I think could be great once he matures and gets better. So what if he has made some mistakes this season but he also has had some great games and saved us. Even top pros make mistakes. SUPPORT HIM!!!
— Stephen Hodson (@stiglufc) November 11, 2018
If Bailey Peacock Farrell isnt dropped it's a joke. Its gone on too long now, he's cost us a few points and thats not good enough if we want to be considered promotion contenders. #LUFC
— JudLUFC (@JordanKenneally) November 11, 2018