By Alex Stevens

Steve Evans has claimed that Leeds’ 1-1 draw against MK Dons on Saturday was proof of why his team need reinforcements in the January window.

The manager captain has admitted the Leeds squad needs strengthening even though they extended their unbeaten sequence to seven matches.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Yorkshire club are in the market for a new striker, with Kyle Lafferty and Peter Crouch top of their shopping list, and they are also hopeful of extending Liam Bridcutt’s loan from Sunderland.

An own goal three minutes from time earned Leeds a flattering point against MK Dons and Evans is convinced that some new additions could potentially propel his team into play-off contention.

“This (performance) is why we need players,” Evans said at his post-match press conference. “We are inconsistent in certain areas of the pitch.

“We didn’t play until around the eighty-minute mark and we were gambling a bit then. We won enough tackles and won enough of the ball. But our quality on the ball was way short of what you would expect.

“It was not a game for the purist, that’s for sure. Because they were as bad as we were. But we were very grateful for the own goal and it looked bizarre to me. We will take the point and move on.”

The result leaves the Yorkshire giants nine points adrift of the play-off places, but 11 points clear of the relegation zone, and the signs are that former Rotherham boss Evans is making real progress at the biggest club outside of the top flight.