Stuart Dallas had been carrying a small hamstring tweak, which is why Steve Evans was reluctant to start him in recent games.

The international break, during which he featured for Northern Ireland, did the winger some good and he appeared off the bench in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Rotherham United.

Buoyed by this, Dallas played 86 minutes of the game last night against QPR and was replaced by young right back Lewie Coyle with the Whites still leading 1-0. After the game, the Whites winger had to defend his efforts on Twitter after a Leeds fan said that the Northern Ireland international looked “disinterested” during the match (below).

Clearly the Leeds fan’s opinion affected Dallas enough for him to reply, asking his critic whether he was being serious (below).

The response of Leeds fan Ollie Smith was to defend himself by saying that as he pays his money, then he has a right to criticise as he feels – this being something that Dallas agreed with (below).

Dallas is in his first season at Elland Road and has scored two goals and laid on five assists, the latter being more than any Leeds United player achieved last season and a figure that leads the way this season.

Leeds’ next game sees the Whites travel to league leaders Burnley in the reverse of the opening fixture of the season that saw the Elland Road outfit play out a 1-1 draw with the now high-flying Clarets.

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