Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United: Evans left disappointed as Whites are forced to settle for draw

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LEEDS UNITED head coach Steve Evans admitted that he was ultimately left disappointed after his side failed to cash in on their numerical advantage for the last nineteen minutes in a 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers.

The Trotters were reduced to ten men with Prince-Desire Gouano was shown a straight red card by referee Simon Hooper for hauling down Mirco Antenucci - with the Italian assuming penalty responsibilities ahead of Chris Wood to fire Leeds level.

Steve Evans.

Steve Evans.

The goal cancelled out a 32nd-minute opener from sub Shola Ameobi, who scored his first goal for 530 days.

The veteran striker struck after Leeds failed to clear a corner from Jose Manuel Casado with weak goalkeeping from Marco Silvestri - who flapped badly at a cross - presenting the hosts with the flag-kick.

Leeds, for whom Tom Adeyemi hit the post twice, had virtually all of the second half and laid siege after Antenucci’s leveller, but couldn’t find a way through to extend their run without a Championship win to five games.

Evans, who confirmed that the ill Jordan Botaka would have started the game if he hadn’t been laid low, said: “I was frustrated and I am the manager and I will certainly go home disappointed.

“These fantastic Leeds United fans behind the goal will also go away disappointed because for me it is two points we have given away.

“Reflecting on the whole performance, I don’t think we started in the same way as we did at Fulham and we looked half a yard off it all over the pitch in the first twenty minutes.

“But in saying that, we hit the post and their keeper made a good save from Chris (Wood) before they scored a goal.

“The goal was a poor goal to concede and it should never be a corner because we should deal with it.

“Then Stuart (Dallas) couldn’t clear and Tom (Adeyemi) loses a runner and we had three errors for the goal, really.

“We got them in at half-time and changed it a little bit and like at Fulham, we said play without fear and go out and attack the goal where there was a fantastic support behind them.

“We got the equaliser and them having ten men made it easier. But I think we were totally dominant before then.

“But the difference was the final ball. We got to the byline on seven, eight or ten occasions in that second half and Chris Wood’s movement was absolutely fantastic and you have to stick it on his nut.

“If you do that and the big man doesn’t score, then the issue is with him. But his movement was fantastic.

“But we had a long trip to Fulham and came back in the middle of the night and have not had a lot of time on the training ground. But I thought we went right to the end.”

Evans admitted to once again being pleased with the commitment of his side, but admits quality remains an issue - and that he will speak to president Massimo Cellino about some reinforcements, with the Scot feeling Leeds are ‘overloaded’ in certain positions and need strengthening in other departments.

He added: “In terms of spirit, effort, commitment and passion and all the stuff we want to get into the dressing room in bundles, it is there.

“We need to work on some quality and I said to them if that quality is not going to be there, then people would expect as my job as manager to speak to the president.

“The tenacity was good. But just the final ball in the final third is letting us down. We will need to assess as we go forward very, very quickly as to who has got the quality to deliver that and I will deliver my final recommendations.”