By David Woods

20th Feb, 2018 | 1:33pm

Heckingbottom strongly backs one Leeds star after Twitter outcry, hints at start v Derby

Paul Heckingbottom said that he hasn’t spoken to goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald directly after his big mistake in the game against Bristol City gifted the visitors a draw and that he doesn’t “see any issues” at the moment.
The match ended 2-2 after a Leeds comeback that started when the home side were 2-0 down. Wiedwald gifted them one of the goals after a huge blunder from a long throw.
Wiedwald came in for sustained criticism following the game from fans who flocked to Twitter calling for youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell to be started on Wednesday.
However, Heckingbottom followed that up with more direct support for his beleaguered goalkeeper saying that he thought he had done okay in the game apart from that mistake and that he saw “no issues.”
Heckingbottom was talking in the pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Championship game with high-flyers Derby County.
As quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay he added, “Everyone in the squad is fighting for a place”.

Wiedwald was dropped earlier in the season by former manager Thomas Christiansen, with veteran Andy Lonergan coming in for seven games.
However, he didn’t do enough to keep his place between the sticks and Wiedwald was re-instated.
Wiedwald came under sustained criticism from the Leeds fans after the Bristol City game but it would be a massive statement – and probably undeserved – for Heckingbottom to drop him from the first team now.
Asked about the Wiedwald criticism Heckingbottom said more directly, “I don’t see any issues as it stands at the moment.”
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