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Don Hutchison has claimed that Marcelo Bielsa ‘had a go’ at Kalvin Phillips during Leeds United’s penalty shootout win against Fulham on Tuesday night, as he told BBC Sport.

Given the injuries and suspensions Leeds have had at centre-back, it meant that Phillips had to drop in at the heart of the club’s defence yesterday.

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Alongside the ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ was another Thorp Arch academy product – Charlie Cresswell – and the duo did well to keep Fulham at bay during the 90 minutes.

But the Whites, who started the likes of Crysencio Summerville and Tyler Roberts, were unable to get past the free-scoring Championship side.

And given the ‘quarterback’ role Phillips was playing at Craven Cottage, former Liverpool midfielder, Hutchison, suggested that Bielsa wasn’t happy with some of the Englishman’s actions.

“Kalvin Phillips plays like a quarterback,” said Hutchison. “He’s playing in defence and hitting balls 30 or 40 yards.

“He hit an absolute peach a minute ago and Marcelo Bielsa had a go at him!”

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It may not have been a win over 90 minutes for Leeds, but it was a morale-boosting progression to the next round of the EFL Cup.

Bielsa’s men are yet to win a game in the Premier League this season and they now need to use this as a springboard to get those first three points on the board.

A home trip against European-touring West Ham United awaits the Yorkshire club on Saturday.

Before they start October with another home clash, this time newly-promoted Watford will visit Elland Road.

And if Leeds don’t have a win on the board by the time the international breaks hit, then it’s going to be a long and trouble-some break for those associated with the club.

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