Leeds United: Evans feeling short-changed as tired players miss out on points

Steve Evans.
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Steve Evans has admitted to feeling short-changed after Leeds United emerged with two points from their post-Christmas matches against Nottingham Forest and Derby County.

Evans insisted his side had played well enough to win both games and said he was certain United would have seen out yesterday’s clash with Derby had fatigue not told in the closing stages.

Leeds missed two clear chances towards the end of a 1-1 draw at Forest on Sunday and were 12 minutes away from a 2-1 win over in-form Derby when County substitute Tom Ince produced a 20-yard equaliser.

The clash with Derby came 48 hours after an end-to-end battle with Forest and Evans, whose side are entering 2016 in the top half of the Championship after a six-game unbeaten run in December, said: “With another 24 hours we’d have seen a different result.

“If you put this game on 24 hours later then we see the last 15 minutes out, I don’t doubt that. In the lead up to their goal I’m watching Derby players break off ours and they’re completely fresh. My players are running on empty fuel tanks.”

Leeds have not won a fixture between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day since 2009 and Evans had aimed to redress that statistic at the first time of asking as head coach.

“It should have been four points out of six, if not six out of six,” Evans said. “When you take two that’s disappointing.

“But we’ve gone into the top half of the table, we’ve got fixtures to look forward to and it’s one game at a time for us. That won’t change.”

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