Chris Wood comments on Kalvin Phillips red card v Brighton

Leeds' Kalvin Phillips is shown a red card by referee Paul Tierney

The New Zealand striker felt sorry for his young team-mate.

Leeds United striker Chris Wood has been commenting on the side’s recent defeat against Brighton in the Championship.

The Yorkshire side lost 2-0 to Brighton on Friday night, with two penalties doing the damage at the Amex.

The first goal conceded came after Kalvin Phillips handled the ball on the line, preventing a Brighton goal.

Leeds' Kalvin Phillips is shown a red card by referee Paul TierneyLeeds' Kalvin Phillips is shown a red card by referee Paul Tierney

He was duly sent off and speaking on Soccer AM Wood admitted he felt sorry for his team-mate – who he feels has been one of their star players in recent weeks:

“I think so. He’s gone with good intentions but in the end he hasn’t been able to get his chest down in time and it’s one of those ones where he has to be given the red card.

“It’s unfortunate, he’s probably been one of our best players over the course of the last few games.”

Leeds United's Chris Wood celebrates after scoring their second goalLeeds United's Chris Wood celebrates after scoring their second goal

The second penalty decision however was far more dubious. Kyle Bartley was adjudged to have fouled his opponent but Wood felt it was a harsh decision:

“I think that’s a bit soft, it’s a bit of six and three threes. It’s difficult but, we live with it.

“We were all frustrated and it was a game where we couldn’t really show what we were all about.”

The damage from the loss to Brighton was far from terminal and Leeds remain fifth in the Championship at the moment and pushing for the promotion places in the second-tier.

Phillips has been key to their recent success and his red card was an unfortunate mistake from the player.

Hopefully he can come back from his upcoming suspension and remain in top form for Leeds going forward.

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