Former Leeds United manager Steve Evans was left on the warpath after fans booed and abused his Mansfield Town side following a 2-0 defeat at Colchester United on Saturday afternoon according to the Nottingham Post.

The Stags fell to ninth in the Sky Bet League Two table after first half goals from Sean Murray and Mikael Mandron sent them crashing to defeat in Essex.

After the match, the players went over to thank the travelling fans for their support but were met with a frosty welcome after a disappointing showing at The Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Mansfield Town boss Evans was less than impressed with the fans’ treatment of his players and questioned their loyalty.

Speaking to the Nottingham Post after the match, Evans said “I’ve watched my players at the end of the game go to the supporters and get told they’re a load of rubbish.

“I’ve never experienced that. We’ve all had criticisms as managers and teams, that’s quite harsh on them. They’ve given us everything today.

“I apologised to the players for the response they got when they went genuinely to clap supporters who have travelled a long way and paid their hard-earned money.

“That gives me worries about whether people are really in it for a promotion challenge or if they’re in it for glory days. There’s a big, big difference.”

Evans is approaching one year in charge at Field Mill in which he has won 20 of his 47 matches as Stags boss. The 54-year-old previously spent seven months in the Sky Bet Championship managing Leeds United prior to his sacking in summer 2016.

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