Former Leeds striker, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, credited West Ham with stopping Kalvin Phillips as they won out at Elland Road last night.
The Hammers had too much in the end for Leeds and won 2-1 thanks to goals from Soucek and Ogbonna. Leeds, meanwhile, struggled to create in the second half, with a Rodrigo header being the closest they came.
And Hasselbaink, who was commenting on the game for the official Premier League website, said the decision to stop Kalvin Phillips proved decisive for the Hammers.
‘Give credit to West Ham. They set up really well and stopped Phillips coming onto the ball. That meant the Leeds centre-backs had to find solutions and they couldn’t. Too many long balls and not as fluent as usual. Sometimes you have to say, ‘it wasn’t our day’,” Hasselbaink said.
The win for the Hammers propelled them into fifth while for Marcelo Bielsa, it is back to the drawing board, especially in terms of defending set-pieces once again.
Phillips, meanwhile, was slightly outdone by England rival Declan Rice, who had a fine game for West Ham in midfield.
Phillips is key, Moyes right to stifle him – TBR View
Brilliant management from Moyes this. He simply stopped Phillips playing and probing and forced Leeds into submission a bit, something few teams have managed.
2-1 flattered Leeds, too. It could have been more had it not been for Ilan Meslier. Leeds will need to do more if they’re to keep up their excellent early season form.