Whenever you listen to a post-match interview with Leeds United head coach Steve Evans, there’s a couple of things that you can guarantee: some decent ‘soundbite’ quotes and a substantial measure of honesty. It was no different in his post-match interview with Adam Pope of BBC Radio Leeds after the Whites had emerged victorious from the FA Cup Third Round tie against Rotherham.
In a game where Leeds won 2-0, thanks to goals by debutant Mustapha Carayol and Soulemayne Doukara, Leeds now go through to the Fourth Round draw. After the game, Evans was his usual self in his interview with Adam Pope, showing a healthy interest in the 64 bus which runs between Leeds and Aberford.
However, his post-match interview did raise some points that were delivered in the usual Steve Evans manner, with honest gusto. As well as referring to the ’64 bus’ a few times, the Leeds United head coach also had other things to say.
Four things from Evans post Rotherham
On the result against Rotherham: “I think we deserved to win the cup tie. I think it was always going to be tough. I take a whole-hearted amount of glee inside me because my responsibility and love is at Leeds United.”
On the effectiveness of new signing Mustapha Carayol: “We gave the ball to the boy Carayol and he sent the right back to the clininc. You know I don’t know what he was going to the clinic for but he sent him to the clinic. And he turned them inside, he turned them outside.”
On the switch to a 4-4-2 formation: “I thought we were ineffective in spells in the first half. Maybe five or six minutes before half time the front two suddenly came alive and we pinned Rotherham in for like the five minutes before half time.”
On Liam Bridcutt and a perceived drop-off in performance: “I need Liam Bridcutt to be great. Do you know why Adam? Because he can be great every week. When he was at Brighton in the Championship, and I watched him five or six times, he was great. That’s a strong word, he was great every time I’ve seen him.”