Leeds United’s 1-0 loss away at QPR on Saturday meant that it is just one win from eight in all competitions for the Whites, and it also means they’re now just four points ahead or third-placed Fulham and five points from fifth-placed Brentford. However, fans are sticking by Kalvin Phillips despite his red card.
The central midfielder has been key to Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds system over the past two years, and he’s played in all but one Championship game this season, 27 (via WhoScored). The Express described the reason for his dismissal as a ‘horror tackle’, and it’s hard to disagree with that. The card came on the 88th minute, so it wasn’t crucial to the outcome of the game, but he’ll now miss the next three matches.
The 24-year-old academy graduate posted to Twitter on Sunday morning to apologise for getting the red card, explaining how he’s a Leeds fan too and perhaps the frustration at the result was shown in his challenge. Many Leeds fans replied to give him their complete support though, with loads telling him he didn’t need to apologise.
Sorry to the #LUFC fans for my red card yesterday. It wasn’t intentional but I timed the tackle badly. I’m a Leeds fan as well as a player so maybe a little frustration that we have all been feeling was shown but… https://t.co/QlmhdAf4JH
— Kalvin Phillips (@Kalvinphillips) 19 January 2020
You can see some of their reactions to the tweet below:
You my friend are Leeds, you bleed Leeds. Your passionate and dedicated to this club. No need to apologize. We will achieve. We will live our dream. Come back strong Kalvin. We need you. MOT
— Darren Summerhayes (@darsum82) 19 January 2020
No need to apologise. All part of the game but dust yourself down, come back and take your hometown team up MOT
— 🇬🇧Paul Brace 🇬🇧 (@paulbrace66) 19 January 2020
No need to apologise. Most consistent player over 2 seasons. We’re all human. Come back stronger as push for automatics! #COMEONLEEDS
— TheYoungPeacock (@young_peacock) 19 January 2020
Dont apologise pal!! We can see your frustration!!
— Dan Tatum💙💛 (@tats180) 19 January 2020
No need to apologise Kalvin , decisions didn’t go our way yesterday which was frustrating.Onwards and upwards 💪🏻
— Jon (@jonc1974) 19 January 2020
No need to apologise….fans are just frustrated that we are now missing our best player for 3 games!!! Yes it was silly and a moment of madness but we move on! Get these boys back on it, it’s still in our hands #MOT #LUFC
— Jack Jeffery (@jackj130889) 19 January 2020
Leeds fans, what did you make of the team’s performance against QPR on Saturday?
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