Leeds United: Evans buoyant ahead of PNE clash

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HEAD coach Steve Evans is keeping concerns of Simon Grayson’s Preston North End to a minimum before Sunday’s Elland Road Championship showdown, declaring: “We are Leeds United and we can beat anyone.”

A buoyant United are looking for their third win in four games with the Whites impressively recovering from going 1-0 down to oblige 3-2 at Wolves in front of the Sky cameras on Thursday evening. The club’s first victory at Molineux since December 1984 elevated United four places to 14th with the Whites now just two points off the top half and eight points short of the play-offs, the same distance they are from the dropzone.

Steve Evans

Steve Evans


A Preston side managed by former United saviour Grayson will now look to poop the pre-Christmas party at Elland Road tomorrow and Evans is sure the 46-year-old will get the warm reception he deserves.

United’s head coach is also warning that the 16th-placed visitors rarely concede many goals but United fired in three at Wolves on Thursday giving Evans plenty of confidence for his side’s final game before Christmas. The club’s travelling contingent were rewarded for their commitment when Leeds’ players threw their shirts into the crowd at full time at Molineux and now Evans wants to grant the Whites faithful the perfect Elland Road Festive gift.

Evans said: “We want a busy Elland Road with the fans at home and you have seen what the players think of the fans that travelled to Wolves.

“They asked if they could put their shirts in and now I am going to get charged for about eight or 10 shirts. But Preston is a difficult opposition and they don’t concede many goals.

“Simon will get a nice reception as he should and he’s a manager I get on really well with and who I have done battle over the years with.

“But I don’t want to focus too much on any opposition because we are Leeds United and we can beat anyone,” said Evans.