By Alex Stevens
Leeds slumped to a third defeat in four matches – but four players impressed manager Steve Evans.
The Yorkshire giants lost 1-0 against Burnley in Saturday’s lunchtime Championship clash at Turf Moor and cemented their lowly 15th position in the table.
It followed a midweek draw at QPR and defeats against bottom-half-of-the-table opponents Huddersfield and Rotherham.
Speaking to the media afterwards, Evans was keen to accentuate the positives and namechecked four Leeds players – two defenders and two midfielders – who delivered good performances.
“The performance in the second half was fantastic,” Evans said, as quoted by BBC Radio Leeds. “We’ve come here and been the better team by a distance, but we’ve lost the game. A number of their players said to me they’ve been outplayed today.
“The positives were all over the pitch – Sol Bamba, Liam Cooper were outstanding and I was really pleased with Toumani and Luke Murphy.
“Burnley protected that goal with their hearts and their souls and if that’s the win that takes them to the Premier League, then we wish them well.”
Evans praised Bamba after the centre-back had been a late addition to the team following the withdrawal of Giuseppe Bellusci, who had informed the manager he was in the “wrong frame of mind” to play.
In other Leeds news, owner Massimo Cellino has already made a decision about the future of Evans, according to former Elland Road striker Noel Whelan.