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Steve Evans pleased with determined Leeds United performance

22 October 2015

New Leeds United head coach Steve Evans was pleased with the determination his players displayed in their 1-1 draw at Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship.

The hosts opened the scoring through Moussa Dembele but Leeds hit back to take a point in Evans' first game in charge, with Chris Wood converting from the penalty spot midway through the second half.

And Evans believes his side, who had lost three matches on the bounce prior to his appointment, will be successful if they play in the same manner as they did at Craven Cottage, where they were backed by nearly 4,000 travelling supporters.

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“We came here tonight and put in a real determined performance,” Evans told

“I wanted passion and effort from the players. We were disappointed to go behind but we showed fight and tenacity to get back on terms.

“We were bombing forward trying to get the winner. They scored the first time they were in our box but I asked the players to be big characters at half-time.

“I said ‘I don’t care if Fulham score a second goal if we play with that spirit.’ If we get that spirit again we’ll be fine.

“I’m very humbled and I felt choked when going across the pitch at the start of the game and seeing those 4,000 Leeds fans.

“After the game I felt proud too because those fans knew that their team had been dogged and that Fulham were fortunate to get a point.

“It’s fantastic to be the manager of this club and feels very humbling. And we’re now off and running.”

That point moved Leeds up to 18th in the Sky Bet Championship table, with 12 points from their first 12 games ahead of a visit to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

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