Leeds United 2 Hull City 1: Evans rubbishes Cellino tactics claims

Steve Evans.
Steve Evans.
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LEEDS United head coach Steve Evans strongly denied that chairman Massimo Cellino was having any influence on team selection or tactics after watching his side beat Hull City 2-1 at Elland Road on Saturday.

National newspaper reports are suggesting that Cellino ordered a change of tactics during the half-time interval of last weekend’s 1-0 loss at Queen’s Park Rangers.

But Evans rubbished those suggestions and again said the day he does not pick the team at Leeds is the day he will leave Elland Road.

The Glaswegian was also delighted with United’s display in upsetting highflying Hull for a win which booted United six points clear of the Championship dropzone and went some way to atoning for recent defeats to QPR and Rotherham.

“Mr Cellino didn’t say anything at half-time last week,” said Evans.

“That simply never happened. Mr Cellino is a good man - because he’s letting me get on with it. I’ve got to do this my way.”

Reflecting on his team’s display to sink Hull, Evans added: “It is always fine margins but the level of intensity in our performance was excellent and we turned round deservedly 2-0 up.

“The first 45 minutes were special for me.

“We were strong all over the park and the supporters were fantastic.

“I thought their goal was a foul - he was all over our full-back. We had to work very hard but how we didn’t get a penalty for the foul on Lewis Cook I will never know. It should also have been a sending-off.”