Leeds United: Whites need to tie up loose ends if they want long-term stability – Whelan

Chris Wood celebrates his goal at Hull City.

Chris Wood celebrates his goal at Hull City.

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I THINK overall a draw at Hull City on Saturday was a very fair reflection of the game.

The only disappointment for Leeds will be that mad few minutes where they conceded two goals in injury time, just by a lack of concentration and bad game management.

Really, they should have been getting rid of the ball but they were playing the wrong areas. Just see the game out to half-time, go into half-time at 1-0 and then that’s a fantastic first half.

With three minutes of extra time, don’t take any chance and don’t try and play football in the wrong areas. Just kill the game off.

Yes, they are trying to play football, which is great, but you have got to know when not to do things like that. It wasn’t the time or the place to start being clever in the wrong areas because good teams will pick you off like Hull did.

Chris Wood obviously missed his penalty and sometimes they will ripple the back of the net.

But on this occasion you have got to give a bit of credit to the goalkeeper because he picked his spot.

It’s a lottery sometimes, people have styles for taking penalties and the really good penalty takers bang them in every time. It’s an art.

But Chris Wood was brave enough to step up and didn’t let it bother him afterwards.

His head didn’t drop, he still played the same way and I think that shows a strength of character in the player and the man to just let that one go because it was quite early on in the second half. It could have changed the way he played and his confidence could have sunk, but it didn’t. He still had a great game and did everything you would expect from a centre forward.

Our performances recently and against Hull say that we can compete.

Over the two games against Hull we have taken four points – against one of the best sides in the Championship.

If you can do that and maintain that throughout a season by winning those games against the big boys at home and then taking possibly a point away, then you are going to be in with a real good shot of ending up in the play-offs, if not automatic promotion at the end of the season.

But it’s the consistency that you need and not just against the big clubs but also the clubs that are down at the bottom, the lesser clubs where you should be expecting to get the three points and get the wins.

We need stability at the club and we don’t want to have everything up in the air, not knowing once again going into the summer break where the club is going to be at and who is going to be in charge and who is going to be bringing players in.

We need to start sorting these things out and that starts with the manager’s contract, it starts with Charlie Taylor’s contract and it starts with Lewis Cook’s contract.

All these loose ends need to be tied up and to give the fans something.

We are not going to go out and buy players now but if we sign these three people now we have got great signings, you have got them there for the long term.

If Steve Evans doesn’t get a shot at it, he has got a real argument to feel aggrieved.

He has come in, done the job expected, if not more, and he has got the lads playing great football.

It looks like they are playing with smiles on their faces which is what you want from your team and they seem confident. When you are putting on displays like that – take away that silly three minutes – you have got a team there that should, with another three or four additions of quality players, be pushing towards the play-off spots, if not automatic promotion if they can get that consistency right within their play.

If Steve doesn’t get the job then I just think it will be a bit unfair. I feel that Steve has done more than enough to be given that opportunity and there is no reason why other clubs shouldn’t be looking at Steve as well.

There’s nothing signed yet and he could be up for grabs at the end of the season as well.

Wherever he ends up I am sure he will do a great job but, at the moment, he is doing a great job at Leeds United.

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