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Leeds draw in Evans’ first match

Leeds United battled to a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage in Steve Evans’ first game in charge at the club.

Fulham took the lead after 23 minutes when Moussa Dembele capped a superb solo run to slide the ball past Marco Silvestri in the Leeds goal.

However, Leeds hit back in the second half with Chris Wood’s penalty securing a point for the Yorkshire side.

After the game, Evans told reporters “This is a proud football club and, with the tradition it has, the minimum the fans will want to see is passion.

“The away end tonight had probably 5,000 Leeds fans in full voice and they were in full voice because they were probably proud of the team.”

The 52-year old continued “We came here tonight and put in a real determined performance. I wanted passion and effort from the players.

“I thought their goalkeeper was the difference tonight between it being 3 or 4-1 to us.

“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.”

Evans also told of his pride at being Leeds manager, “I’m very humbled and I felt choked when going across the pitch at the start of the game and seeing those 5,000 Leeds fans.

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

Last nights draw leaves Leeds in 18th place in the Championship.

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