Leeds United suffered a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night at Elland Road as both clubs made their return to Premier League football – and Graham Smyth has shared what Kalvin Phillips did at full-time, after the loss.

Leeds kept Manchester City at bay right up until the half-time whistle, only for Rodri to scramble home City’s opener. That despite Illan Meslier’s best efforts. It was 2-0 soon after half-time, Jack Grealish pouncing on a Robin Koch error.

He was through on goal before squaring to Leeds-born Erling Haaland to tap into an empty net. Grealish then got another assist, this time setting up Haaland to score from eight yards out and put Pep Guardiola’s side 3-0 to the good.

There were positives for Leeds as Phillips watched from the bench, remaining an unused substitute on the night. It comes after Guardiola said in a press conference that Phillips was “overweight” having returned from England duty.

Pascal Struijk got one back for Leeds and there was a brief flurry of activity in City’s final third. Sam Greenwood going close with a free-kick. But Phillips’ City ran out 3-1 winners – and YEP reporter Smyth shared what he did at full-time.

What Phillips did at full-time as Leeds suffer defeat to Manchester City

Leeds gave a good account of themselves, defending pretty well in the first 45 and unlucky to concede late on. In the second half, we gave more in the final third and could have had a couple of goals. Joe Gelhardt also nearly scoring.

But ultimately, class shone through. Leeds at times, were outclassed. Plenty to work on but plenty of positives to take from the match. It is nice to see Phillips get a good reception, as did Haaland. Maybe, Phillips will return at some point.

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