Leeds United returned to the top two in the Championship with an impressive 2-0 win on Tuesday night.
Andy Hughes has told BBC Radio Leeds that he thought that Kalvin Phillips bossed the game during Leeds’ 2-0 win against Preston North End on Tuesday night, while he labelled Kiko Casilla’s display as outstanding.
Patrick Bamford may rightly take the majority of the headlines following his second-half brace at Deepdale, but several of Marcelo Bielsa’s men stepped up on a hugely important night for the promotion-chasers after their weekend defeat.
Leeds benefited from Preston having a man sent off after the break. But they were the better side before the dismissal and were able to step through the gears after Ben Pearson was shown the red card. And Hughes suggested that Phillips and Casilla were just two of those that stood out to him in the victory.
“Kalvin Phillips tonight, nice and calm. Don’t even think he got out of a sprint,” he told BBC Radio Leeds. “He bossed it, made some great decisions. I think [there was] one bad cross.
“I thought the keeper was outstanding as well. Sometimes it’s hard for a keeper because you’ve got to stay switched on. There’s not many saves to make. His distribution was great, his communication all round.”
Phillips appeared to have a lot of freedom to roam the pitch and make sure that he was available no matter where the ball ended up. He seemed to be almost as influential in the final third as he was in helping the defence out.
And Casilla has proved to be a fantastic signing. Bailey Peacock-Farrell did little wrong during his time as number one, but the Spaniard has slotted in superbly.
The defence appear to have the utmost confidence in the man behind them, and he was as composed on the ball as Bamford had been when he produced the strike that proved to be the opening goal in what looks a massive win.