We will be the Championship team to beat after summer overhaul, vows Leeds chief
By Coral Barry
Steve Evans has proclaimed that Leeds will be a very special side next season in the Championship.
The Whites currently sit 16th in the league, a full 27 points of leaders Burnley and 14 behind Sheffield Wednesday in the final play-off spot.
The pressure on the Leeds manager was temporarily lifted on Saturday after the Whites edged past relegation-battlers Bolton 2-1 at Elland Road.
The result ended a five-game winless streak for Leeds and although Evans was angrily instructed by owner Massimo Cellino to quit mouthing off to the press just last Tuesday, the Whites boss was in a theorising mood once again.
“You don’t remember the Wembley wins, you don’t remember the promotions you win,” said Evans speaking after the Bolton victory.
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“You remember nights like Monday because that’s what gives you determination. What gets forgotten when you’re not winning is just how talented some of these players are.
“Before the end of the season we all need to demonstrate that we’re going to be part of something special next year.”
Leeds still only have two wins in 12 league outings, but the Bolton victory has allayed fears that the Whites could be dragged into a relegation fight.
A humiliating 4-0 defeat to Brighton last Monday had Evans teetering on the edge at Leeds, but after following up Cellino’s backing with three points, it seems as though the 53-year-old is likely to get a temporary stay of execution.
Speaking about Leeds’ recent form, Evans was adamant that a difficult week had come to an end.
The Scotsman said: “We’ve been on a run and not to win has been unacceptable.
“We’ve had a lot of draws in that run but we’ve lacked the quality at both ends of the pitch to get over the line. It’s been a tough week but in football you don’t remember your great games.”
The latest Leeds news is their next league encounter comes away to seventh-placed Cardiff on Tuesday.