By Alex Stevens

Leeds supporters rallied round Kalvin Phillips after he was panned on Twitter for being dismissed in the 23rd minute of the team’s 2-0 defeat to Brighton on Friday night.

A section of the club’s fanbase blamed Phillips, 21, for the team’s loss at the Amex Stadium after he blocked Lewis Dunk’s goal-bound volley with his arm.

Glenn Murray converted the penalty and the hosts finally finished the game off with another spot-kick in the 83rd minute, this time scored by Tomer Hemed after Kyle Bartley fouled Dunk.

Some people destroyed Leeds academy product Phillips for the action which meant that Garry Monk’s side were forced to play 67 minutes of the tough away clash with 10 men.

But Leeds fans reacted to the criticism by rallying round the young midfielder, who has emerged as a regular member of the team during their impressive Championship campaign.

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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

Phillips is facing a three-match suspension following his dismissal on Friday night, which was the first of his professional career.

He has made 24 appearances for Leeds this season, 16 of which have been starts, after taking advantage of Monk’s faith in young players and decision to freeze out Luke Murphy and Toumani Diagouraga, as well as the foot injury that has sidelined Liam Bridcutt for three months.

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