Steve Evans has shed weight since taking over at Leeds

By Alex Stevens

Steve Evans has set Leeds the target of their highest league finish for five years ahead of what is likely to be his penultimate match in charge.

The Scot is keen to surpass the club’s highest points tally at this level since the play-off near miss under Simon Grayson five seasons ago in 2010-11.

United need four points from games against Charlton and Preston to take them up to 62 points, beating their tally in the past four campaigns.

Leeds have accumulated 10 points from their last four matches and head into Saturday’s final home game of the campaign with relegated Charlton in fine form.

Evans has not been offered an extension to his contract, which expires in June, and the fixture could represent his final match in charge of Leeds at Elland Road.

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“We are still striving for that top-ten Championship finish. Many people thought it was impossible when I said it,” Evans told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“But we have a real chance and maybe (finishing) even higher. But we only have a real chance of making it significantly higher if we go and deal with Charlton.

“We have a big incentive here. Four points from six gives us the most points since the 2010-11 season and more points than last season and everything saying that things have improved.

“That’s the objective that myself, the staff and the players have got.”

The Scot is expecting an emotional afternoon at Elland Road as he looks to build upon a poor home record that has accused just seven league victories out of a possible 22 matches.

Evans told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Elland Road is a special place and I have given players some statistics in the past few days and we are not as successful here as we should be.

“There are a number of contributory reasons for that. Number one is I have been here as an opposition manager and every opposition wants to play at Elland Road and produce a performance and that immediately makes it harder.

“But it is important you finish the season as you want to go into next season and we are in a good run of form.

“The last day of your season to your home supporters is also always an emotional day and I will be reinforcing to the players to thank these people who are the lifeblood of the club and Leeds.”