Leeds United fans respond as Kalvin Phillips’ ‘excuse’ debated

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Leeds United fans have reacted to Kalvin Phillips’ comments on the Elland Road crowd noise hindering the communication of the players.

Fans have been debating Phillips’ claim that Leeds have been somewhat hampered this season by the return of crowds.

The England and Leeds midfielder was being interviewed by Kelly Somers on the BBC’s Football Focus last weekend.

During the interview Phillips said that the team depends on communication which has been made more difficult due to the return of crowd noise.

“Last year was a weird year, the fact that there were no fans,” said Phillips. “We were speaking the other day, the lads in the changing room, saying a lot of our game revolves around communication and being able to hear each other and speak to each other.

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“But when the fans are so loud it’s impossible to do that. Obviously we’re not blaming the fans for being back in or making any excuses but I think last year made it a lot easier for us to be able to make people aware of where they need to be and what they need to do.”

The comment provoked debate on Reddit, where one fan said: “Surely that’s the same for the opposition as well. Poor excuse.”

Another said: “An excuse – and a poor one at that. Every other team has to play with noise as well. We must be the only team in the league that doesn’t benefit from a full stadium.”

But the views were countered by other fans, with one saying: “If it’s being used as an excuse, then it’s a poor one, but I suspect it isn’t.”

While another added: “Something has been off so far this season albeit 6 games in against seasoned PL teams which are all difficult to beat on their day. Think we have just been unlucky thus far. Winning streak incoming.”

During the interview Somers suggested to Phillips that having a packed Elland Road must provide an edge in a different way, to which Phillips replied: “Yeah definitely, it’s very special obviously to see all the fans there.”

He then added: “Hopefully we can start building a little run now.”

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