Zaha ‘dives a lot’ slams Phillips after Vieira blasts Leeds for fouling him

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KALVIN PHILLIPS branded Wilfried Zaha a diver after Patrick Vieira blasted Leeds for booting him.

Crystal Palace boss Vieira slammed Jesse Marsch’s side for trying to “stop Wilf by fouling him” during Monday’s 0-0 at Selhurst Park.

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Zaha was accused of diving during Palace’s draw with LeedsCredit: Rex
Phillips did not hold back in his assessment of Zaha's behaviour

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Phillips did not hold back in his assessment of Zaha’s behaviourCredit: Rex

But Phillips hit back and said: “The ref complained at us for fouling him but he dives a lot to be honest.

“He is a good player, but we defended against him well as a team.”

England ace Phillips started his first match since December and March reckons his return can boost Leeds’ survival hopes.

The Whites are three points clear of 17th-placed Burnley.

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Marsch said: “Having Kalvin back can help us.

“Playing in the new system, he will understand his role, the movements and ideas more and more.

“He can be a big part of some of our solutions and build-up phase and get our attacking players into more dangerous spots.”

Next up for Leeds is a set of three incredibly tough fixtures as they look to secure their Premier League safety.

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They host Manchester City at home on Saturday, before travelling to Arsenal on May 8.

Then three days later they return to Elland Road to host Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Palace’s poor run of form has seen them drop to 14th place – just four points above Marsch’s Leeds.



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