Danny Mills insists there was “no defending” Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla after his major error in the 1-1 draw against Brentford.
The former Leeds and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that teammate Kalvin Phillips did the right thing in supporting the shot-stopper after another high-profile incident.
Speaking after the game to BBC Radio Leeds, Phillips laughed off the Spaniard’s mistake, revealing that the players “showed him confidence in the changing room at half-time,” and told him to forget about it.
Kalvin Phillips with good humour said it was an “oh no not again” moment when Casilla made the mistake & added that he felt that Kiko recovered well to play & pass with confidence from then on. They’ve spoken, moved on & hope it doesn’t happen again. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@apopey) February 11, 2020
Mills suggested that the Leeds squad might not have been so kind to the former Real Madrid man in the dressing room but admits there is no escaping the fact it was a serious error.
Mills told Football Insider: “What can you say in that situation? You can’t defend it.
“Everybody can see it’s an error, everybody can see it’s a mistake, it happens from time to time and Kalvin’s just said he’s been great for us.
“It’s trotting out the standard lines, isn’t it. Nobody’s going to come out and slaughter anybody in public. Who knows what gets said privately in the dressing room? Certainly no one is coming out in public and saying anything.”
Casilla has come under fire for his performances between the sticks in recent weeks, with Tuesday night’s error adding to the growing list of problems he has had at Elland Road.
He has remained a mainstay for Marcelo Bielsa despite his struggles, featuring in all but one game this season across all competitions.
In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that the club are willing to listen to offers for a senior player regardless of promotion.