Win, lose or draw, Steve Evans always has something to say about the game that Leeds United had undertaken, today against Sheffield Wednesday was no different.
Evans cut a frustrated figure in the post-match press interview, hardly the effusive bundle of animated energy that he usually is. Frustrated after seeing a much more combative Leeds United opening 45 minutes destroyed by two errors, leading to two Gary Hooper goals. Frustrated that 45 minutes of hard work were undone in the space of three minutes. Frustrated at the referee. Simply frustrated.
And you could tell.
There were certainly a few things that Steve Evans had to say, and he wasn’t backwards in coming forwards as they say.
On the Leeds United performance: “I thought we were fantastic in the first half. I think at half time you’re wondering, you question is turning 0-0 when you should be perhaps 3-0 up.”
On how the fans will see the game: “There’s a big difference from Tuesday at Ipswich to today. I don’t think the Leeds United fans go up the road, they’re thinking about individual effort, they’re thinking about mistakes.”
On the game’s turning point and disallowed Leeds goal: “The, the free kick is given. The referee signals he’s going to allow a substitution. Forestereni [sic]got his deckchair out and took four days to come off. The referee, in my opinion, over-ruled that then and said we’re going to restart play. He clearly whistled to restart play which he’s…I’ve just been to see him, he accepts. He shouts to my players “Play, restart.” We score. Erm, he gives the goal. I go for a ‘little leak’, a wee break, and I come back and he’s chopped it off. Obviously there’s nothing you can do about it at the time, you just need to understand it. I’ve been in to see Anthony [Taylor – the referee], he says in law, in law he’s got it right because it should be disallowed.”
A honest appraisal of the referee’s capabilities: “I’ve seen many a substitution being made where the referee stops it for a subsitution. It’s almost taken far too long and he restarts play. I’ve never seen anyone go back to restart play, ever. But there we go. He’s a Premier League referee who’s stepped down to take case of the big derby today. He should be in the Under-9s on the park pitches on Monday, next refereeing game performance because you cannot make a mistake of that magnitude in a game that means so much to both sets of supporters.”
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