As is standard procedure, Steve Evans gave his traditional Thursday press conference before a Saturday game, this weekend the genial Scot taking the Whites to former club Rotherham.

Saturday’s game sees Leeds visit a side rejuvenated under the stewardship of ex-Leeds United manager Neil Warnock, so much so that they have pulled clear of the bottom three courtesy of four wins and  draw in an unbeaten five match streak that actually sees them as one of the form teams in the division.

Rotherham currently sit in 20th place in the Championship ourtesy of that good run of form and welcome a Leeds team sat in 13th and hurting after folding to an embarrassing 4-1 defeat at the hands of local rivals Huddersfield Town – with the Whites conceding three time in eight second-half minutes to compound the agony of a big loss at home.

5 things that we learned from Evans’ pre-Rotherham press conference (quotations 1-3 from Phil Hay – Twitter and 4-5 are from Adam Pope – Twitter)

1. Steve Evans is getting quite adept at side-stepping questions about his immediate future as Leeds United head coach.

“You guys have enough O-levels and A-levels not to ask the same question every time you see me.”

After the Huddersfield game, where Leeds showed a lack of intent and purpose, it was obvious that this question would surface at some point. With Steve Evans on a short-term contract to the end of the season, the only thing that will convince the powers that be to extend his deal into a further Championship campaign will be results.

2. Evans realises that results will be paramount to his future at Leeds United and the offering of an extended contract.

“I’m 100 per cent convinced that if we win matches, the president will make the decision I’d like him to make. I have to give him time.”

Steve Evans seems to realise that it is only results that will save him from Cellino’s axe, wins and points being of paramount importance. Win games, show improvement and gain points and Evans seems hopeful that he will be granted an extended stay as head coach at Elland Road.

3. Steve Evans is under no illusions about the Huddersfield game being bad.

“The last game was unacceptable. But the three games before that were very acceptable.”

Evans is right on both counts. The Huddersfield performance was bad beyond bad and then some. Conversely, it was a different Leeds United and a different set of performances in the three successive wins against Bolton, Cardiff and Blackburn. Leeds looked like a team in the three wins and performed with a degree of vigour. All that was missing from the Huddersfield performance where Leeds didn’t perform.

4. Evans has a full complement of players to choose from, barring Ross Turnbull, with Mustapha Carayol coming in late.

“All players have returned from international duty ok except for Mustafa Carayol who lands tomorrow.”

The Leeds United head coach has said that there will be changes at the weekend, with players coming in based on effort and also possibly a change in system for the Rotherham game. Under-21 players are also in his eyeline with the Leeds United head coch admitting that youngster Ronaldo Viera has been training with the 21s

5. Steve Evans is not a man to let the pressure and speculation get the better of him.

“I’m expecting it to be on Eastenders that I’m going to be sacked because it’s on everything else!”

There’s nothing much I can say about tis; I’ve not watched Eastender since Dirty Den was offed by a bunch of daffodils and ended up/didn’t end up in a canal in Walford.


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  1. Complete garbage. Let’s pick apart the results against Bolton, Cardiff and Blackburn. Firstly, Bolton should have had at least a draw, but for poor finishing, they had 13 attempts and hit the woodwork. Secondly, we were massively fortunate at Cardiff and were even pinned in our own half by 10 men! They hit the woodwork twice and hit post and bar. They had a total of 25 attempts on goal and Silvestri was man of the match. Blackburn was best game, but even there we gave away double figure attemps. In five games we have allowed teams over 70 shots at goal – more than ten a game. I stated that we were in line for another drubbing if this stat wasn’t addressed and I have to say I was absolutely right! Huddersfield was embarrassing, but not only for the result. Evans made crucial mistakes in both selection and tactics and for some unknown reason he changed the way we had been playing, adding more width, with Dallas, whilst weakening us in midfield, by taking out Cook and Diagouraga, in a competetive Derby. Hugely fatal and even when we were losing, again Wood was glued to the bench. Two lucky results didn’t show the weakness we still had when we play with width. If you play that way your wide men need to track back and Dallas in particular was not doing his job. I’ve also said for weeks that the two front men haven’t been creating enough chances and neither can hold the ball up, which creates pressure you don’t need, and if your best midfielders are on the bench and the widemen are lazy, you are in for a torrid time. We need to stop harping on about these three wins, because they were not convincing – even Blackburn missed several chances.

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