Kalvin Phillips was the “biggest culprit” as Marcelo Bielsa blasted his Leeds United players following their 0-0 draw with Fulham.
That is the view of ex-Whites and England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after covering the game in person at Craven Cottage for talkSPORT.
As quoted by Leeds Live after the penalty shoot-out victory, Bielsa claimed it was an “average” display and they “conceded too many chances” to the hosts.
Bielsa made four changes for the game with Charlie Cresswell and Crysencio Summerville making their second first-team appearances.
“It’s difficult sometimes when it’s a mix of first-team players and Under-23s,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“The Fulham team weren’t Under-23s but it was 11 changes. Within that, what you get is players that train together every day and understand each other a little bit better so you have more continuity.
“Kalvin Phillips was one of the biggest culprits. In the first few minutes, he gave away a couple of chances and looked a bit unsettled on the left-hand side of the defence. He then changed to the right-hand side and flipped it around.
“It’s always experimental when you bring in young players. Charlie Cresswell played very well.
“Fulham played quite well for a team that made 11 changes. There was a reasonable amount of experience in there.
“All in all, Leeds had chances to score. Rodrigo could have had a hat-trick, quite easily. If he puts those away it’s done and dusted you don’t have to worry about anything else.
“Towards the end of it, Fulham got a little bit stronger as Leeds brought on younger players with less experience. You’re going to get that.
“Fulham looked a little bit fitter, a bit stronger and a bit more experienced. That’s probably because they are.”
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