The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Katie Falk­ing­ham

LEEDS United man­ager Steve Evans in­sisted his team let them­selves down af­ter gift­ing three points to QPR – ad­mit­ting it was the an­gri­est he had been since join­ing the club.

Char­lie Austin scored the only goal of the game with his first touch af­ter com­ing on as a sub­sti­tute, and could have had sev­eral more in the en­su­ing min­utes.

Evans was left fu­ri­ous with his side who didn’t get into the game un­til late on, and ad­mit­ted he had made his point clear in the away dress­ing room af­ter the game.

“To­day was the loud­est I’ve been and the an­gri­est I’ve been,” he ad­mit­ted.

“The play­ers left in no un­cer­tain terms that if you want to play for Leeds United, then you need to per­form.

“It hurts, and the supporters hurt too, they’re en­ti­tled not to be happy.

“Peo­ple need to play for the shirt now, it’s as sim­ple as that.

“We can’t wait un­til the last five min­utes to get some ur­gency and play the way we should play,” he added.

“We need to get back to work­ing hard and the dis­ci­plined per­for­mances we saw against the likes of Cardiff and Hud­der­s­field.

“We need to turn fine mar­gins into good op­por­tu­ni­ties, and we need to play with a bet­ter pur­pose.”

QPR dom­i­nated the first half against a Leeds side who strug­gled to get among the ac­tion.

But it was the Whites who should have taken an early lead, when New Zealan­der Chris Wood took the ball around Robert Green, only to blaze his ef­fort over the cross­bar.

The Hoops’ first chance of the game came just af­ter the half-hour mark, with Fau­rlin’s cor­ner find­ing the head of Grant Hall, only for the de­fender to drill his header inches above Marco Sil­vestri’s goal.

And they could have taken the lead on the stroke of half-time, when Ne­dum On­uoha al­most put his side ahead with a thun­der­bolt of a shot from 30 yards, which went just inches too high of the net.

Leeds came out for the sec­ond half show­ing more de­ter­mi­na­tion, with two early chances to take the lead.

But it was sub­sti­tute Austin who put the game to bed in the 58th minute with his first touch, find­ing a Fau­rlin cross in the box and di­rect­ing the ball past a help­less Sil­vestri.

They could have had sev­eral more but for Leeds goal­keeper Sil­vestri, who kept his side in the game with a string of world-class saves.

He de­nied Austin a sec­ond with 20 min­utes left on the clock, and showed great agility to deny Tjaronn Ch­ery just min­utes later.

The visi­tors came into the game with just ten min­utes to go, but it was too lit­tle too late for the de­flated York­shire side.

QPR in­terim man­ager Neil Warnock was thrilled with three points, and was ec­static to have goalscorer Austin back in his side.

“I al­ways thought we were go­ing to cre­ate chances for him,” he said. “He’s been really look­ing for­ward to it.

“He was dis­ap­pointed he couldn’t be in­volved at Mid­dles­brough, but I think he will get chances again now and he’s look­ing a bit more like him­self.

“Give Char­lie Austin a chance and he’ll score. He’s en­joy­ing his train­ing at the mo­ment and I think the play­ers have re­sponded to that.

“It was a great at­mos­phere out there,” he added.

“The last five min­utes of the game epit­o­mised the per­for­mance.

“We didn’t panic, and our two cen­tre halves were as good as I’ve seen at this level. The main thing was get­ting the win.”


SU­PER SUB: Char­lie Austin cel­e­brates his win­ner. In­sets: Chris Wood beats Grant Hall and an aerial bat­tle at a cor­ner

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