By Coral Barry
Steve Evans has slammed Stuart Dallas and labelled him the reason behind Leeds’ 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Saturday in the Championship.
League leaders Burnley were ahead after just 60 seconds when Scott Arfield’s low shot found the bottom corner of the net and Evans believes Dallas’ poor positioning cost Leeds dearly.
Dallas has missed just one league game all season for Leeds and the Whites had 89 minutes to grab an equaliser, but Evans was adamant the early setback affected his side enormously.
“I think Stuart Dallas would accept after whatever time the goal is he hasn’t got into the shape of the team and it has cost us,” said Evans speaking to Yorkshire TV. “I thought thereafter he was outstanding, but it cost us.
“And it cost us because of our inability to create chances.”
Leeds dominated periods of the second half, but could not find that vital goal scoring touch.
Chris Wood had two golden opportunities to level the game after the break, but the striker has yet to rediscover his potency after a lengthy absence from the starting eleven.
Evans was surprised to see Wood miss two sitters especially when one chance came to him while he was unmarked in the six yard box.
The 53-year-old told Yorkshire TV: “They’re bread and butter to him [Wood]. He’d normally put them in the net.
“When you look back at the chances, which I have just done, the net is just three quarters empty and you would normally expect him to put them in.
“He’ll be back on Tuesday. I thought his performance all round was very good. He’s getter fitter.”
The loss leaves Leeds 15th in the table without any real prospects left for the season with the Whites safely above relegation and firmly out of the race for a play-off spot.
Leeds travel to Birmingham on Tuesday hoping their failure to bag striker Kyle Lafferty will not come back to haunt them with the Northern Irishman now among the Blues’ ranks.
In other Leeds news, Evans was happy with four players during the Burnley defeat.