Steve Evans hailed the display of goalscorer Lee Erwin after the 2-0 win against Wycombe Wanderers, but admitted the Scottish striker has to improve his fitness over the next week.
Erwin joined the Whites from Motherwell in the summer, but is yet to make an appearance in a competitive tie and spent the last month on loan at League One side Bury. United boss Evans is a known fan of the striker, admitting shortly after joining the Elland Road club that he tried to sign him for his former club Rotherham United, and said he was “pleased” with his game.
The head coach said: “The boy needs to get a bit fitter.
“He’s come from Scotland and he worked incredibly hard in the summer.
“I have to say, I think he’s been treated a bit unfairly.
“He’s gone to Bury on loan, a good club, but he will have thought, ‘I’ve joined Leeds United and now I’m playing for Bury’. He needs to get a bit leaner and trimmer, but his runs were intelligent.
“His hold-up play, apart from when he slipped up a couple of times, was good.
“The goalkeeper made a couple of great saves from him.
“He got the goal, he never stopped running, and we’re pleased with his actions.
“He’ll be back over the weekend and he’ll play for the Under-21s on Monday because we want to get him fitter.”
However, Evans also admitted that Erwin adds to a selection of good strikers, like Mirco Antenucci, who he left on the bench after a lot of games in recent weeks.
He said: “We’ve got some decent players here. The boy Antenucci was sat on the bench tonight and he’s a goalscorer, and he kept looking at me.
“I kept turning away because I didn’t want to put him on.
“His work rate has been phenomenal in recent days and in recent games, and we had to look after him a little bit.”