Steve Evans believes Leeds were worth at least a point at ‘long ball’ Ipswich

Leeds United celebrate their opening goal during the Ipswich Town v Leeds United (Championship) matc

Leeds United celebrate their opening goal during the Ipswich Town v Leeds United (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 12 January 2016. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Leeds United boss Steve Evans insisted his side were good enough for at least a point following their 2-1 defeat at ‘long ball’ Ipswich this evening.

After Souleymane Doukara had given the visitors the lead after just 12 seconds, captain Luke Chambers levelled matters soon after the break before Brett Pitman headed home a winner in stoppage time.

On a night where Town’s biggest threat came from wide men Freddie Sears and Ryan Fraser, Evans believes his side were worth more than they got against what he perceives to be a one-dimensional Ipswich side.

“I think they were as bad in spells as we were, for 20 minutes we controlled the game and are unfortunate not to be two up,” he said.

“They looked disjointed but you know how they play, they’re always going to grind themselves into the game and launch it to Murphy and fight for second balls. It’s how they play.


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“In the second half they had a lot of play but I don’t remember too many chances from them, but if you switch off you’re going to get punished.”

Evans was disappointed Town’s equaliser came through Luke Chambers, who Leeds had pinpointed as a danger in the lead up to the game, while he was also unhappy with the way attack was turned into defence for the Blues’ winner.

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“The first, we’d talked about the boy Chambers arriving at the back post because it’s what he does, he’s scored a couple recently,” he said.

“You show players clips and you walk them through it on the training ground and if they don’t carry it out, ultimately it will tell you if they do it consistently then they’re not good enough.

“The second was a shambles really. We’ve got it in the corner and we’re thinking it’s going to be a corner to us, but 10 seconds later the boy Pitman comes alive in the box.”

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