Leeds United 1 MK Dons 1: Evans slams ‘mental application’ of Leeds after draw

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LEEDS UNITED head coach Steve Evans lambasted the ‘mental application’ of his side following a fortuitous 1-1 draw with visiting MK Dons.

A comedy own goal from Yorkshireman Antony Kay earned Leeds a flattering point three minutes from time to cancel out Rob Hall’s 30th-minute opener for MK, who looked like ending their long wait without an away win in the Championship, which had stretched back to August 8.

Steve Evans.

Steve Evans.

Evans admitted to being thankful for the gift provided by Kay, but was equally in no mood to gloss over a poor display by his side.

The Scot also revealed that talks are taking place to extend Liam Bridcutt’s loan from Sunderland until the end of the season, with the midfield man having been intergral in United’s seven-match unbeaten sequence.

He said: “You take the continuation of the little run, but it is not ideal. I am the type of manager who hurts because of this as I pride myself on the quality of performance that my team puts in.

“You could not fault my team for effort, desire, commitment and passion. But the lack of being able to pass the ball ten yards was evident and (lack of) concentration levels.

“It does take a certain type of player to play here. You need to apply yourselves mentally to whoever you play and this club has played some giants of world football. It’s about how you apply yourself mentally.

“I am not questioning a desire to win the game. But Leeds United supporters should be entitled to turn up to Elland Road against whoever we play in the Championship because of the level and expect to be winning.

“This (performance) is why we need players. 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.”

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