Phillips “We wanted to beat them to send a message out to Newcastle”
Only hours to go and excitement is building for Kalvin Phillips and the rest of the Leeds squad.
The midfielder says ‘I’m excited for the Newcastle game with it being a sell out’.
Like most of the Leeds United team, it will be a novel experience playing in a full Elland Road, it being over six years since it last happened.
Kalvin Phillips is only 20 years old and another likely starter is Ronaldo Vieira who is only 18, so little doubt which team will have the edge in terms of experience and playing in front of big crowds.
Always a chance younger players will freeze and whilst Sunday will see around 37,000/38,000 inside Elland Road, the past three home crowds have been 24,220 (v Burton), 22,222 (League Cup v Norwich) and 19,861 (v Wigan) – so despite the improved form that has lifted them into the top six, little sign of the fans flocking back to support Leeds United…until tomorrow.
Kalvin Phillips says that he and his teammates just want to make Leeds fans ‘proud of us’.
The last game saw a late winner beat Norwich away 3-2 and Phillips says they wanted to beat the Canaries to ‘send a message out to Newcastle’.
I’m sure Rafa Benitez will be more than aware of the messages Leeds are sending out and be determined to prevent ruining the current run of seven Championship wins in a row, even though the Leeds midfielder is now desperate to send a ‘message to the whole leg’ by beating Newcastle United.
Kalvin Phillips talking to the official Leeds United site:
“I’m excited for the Newcastle game with it being a sell out, it is going to be a good game and they are a good side.
“If we can beat Newcastle it will send out a message to the whole league and that is what we have been trying to do week in, week out, even against Norwich, we wanted to beat them to send a message out to Newcastle.
“I know the Leeds fans will be behind us all, no matter what happens, we just want to make them proud of us.
“The results we have been getting has really boosted the confidence around the place, we need to keep going now and stay positive.
“We are really big on team spirit, every week we are going out for meals or at least organising something to get the team together and I think that is really important.
“We will go out there ready and raring…”
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