Kalvin Phillips issues Elland Road rallying call as Leeds United's promotion race hots up

Leeds United host Reading on Saturday afternoon

Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 7:00 am
Updated Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 9:32 am
Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips. (Image: Bruce Rollinson)

Kalvin Phillips is hoping Leeds United can turn Elland Road into fortress with 13 games of the league campaign remaining.

Marcelo Bielsa's side take on Reading in Championship action on Saturday afternoon aiming to make it back-to-back home wins.

United defeated Bristol City last time out in LS11 and are hoping to re-establish their automatic promotion credentials after seeing an 11 point advantage over third place disappear following a poor run of form.

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Leeds, though, saw the gap open up to three points once again last weekend and are now aiming to make use of their home ground for the rest of the campaign in search of Premier League football.

"It's great to play at Elland Road," Phillips said.

"The fans are unbelievable. Reading are a tough team. I think every game from here until the end of the season we have to treat like it is our last game.

"We'll go out there and give 100 per cent and hopefully we can get the three points."

Asked about the advantage of playing on home soil, Phillips added: "I think it's massive.

"At home we want the best record we can. I think the last game proved that in how well we played and how important having the fans on our side at home.

"If we can keep that up for the rest of the season then there's no reason why we can't go unbeaten at home."