Stuttering start sees Steve look to January
STEVE Evans is already looking forward to the January transfer window after home defeat to Blackburn maintained his underwhelming start to life at Leeds.
Craig Conway and Jordan Rhodes struck inside the opening six minutes – the former after just 17 seconds – to earn Rovers all three points at Elland Road.
The result means Evans is yet to pick up a win as Leeds manager, following a pair of 1-1 draws, and he is eager to start moulding the squad as soon as possible.
“The window in January will be a massive one,” said the former Crawley and Rotherham manager.
“To go where we want to go, we have to be much better in a lot of areas.
“If two or three can get us to where we want to be, then it’ll be two or three.
“We’ve got some good players in there, but I said to them, the minimum we demand is that we have players who come into the dressing room and they’ve given absolutely everything for the cause.
“I didn’t really see that in the first half if I’m being honest.
“I saw people shy away from the ball, people shy away from making positive runs, from defensively doing a job.
“That’s when people talk about being brave and playing for Leeds United.”
All is not well at Elland Road and fans at the game made their feelings towards controversial owner Massimo Cellino abundantly clear on Thursday evening – although that discontent would not have been helped by two early goals which set Blackburn on the way to victory.
Conway found the net in the opening seconds to give Blackburn the perfect start in Yorkshire, firing Chris Taylor’s cross into the bottom corner.
Rhodes then made it two five minutes later after poor Leeds defending allowed him to turn away from Sam Byram and fire home. Leeds, who were rattled by Rovers’ flying start and desperate for a way back into the game, saw Tom Adeyemi head against the post before the break but there was little else to shout about.
Rovers, meanwhile, had reason to smile after recording their first away win of the season – and manager Gary Bowyer is urging his players to maintain the momentum.
“We knew we had to come out and start properly and it was a wonderful start,” he said.
“We’ve maintained the confidence and the belief in the players and the staff. They’re an honest bunch and they work hard for each other and I’m delighted for the supporters, they’ve stuck with us and they’ve given us terrific backing.
“It’s only one game but we’ve got to build on that and use it as a springboard now.”
STAR MAN TOM LAWRENCE Blackburn