Leeds boss Evans addresses Silvestri mistake, comments on Wood injury

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Leeds boss Steve Evans has praised Marco Silvestri for bouncing back after the goalkeeper was beaten at his near post.

It seemed like a case of new manager same result in the first half against Fulham, as a Marco Silvestri 'error' led to Leeds United going 1-0 down.

The Italian was beaten at his near post for Fulham's goal, and new head coach Steve Evans admitted he should have done better.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, Evans did not shy away from Silvestri's shortcomings, but said he was pleased with the way the goalkeeper rallied in the second half. 

He said: "He made a couple of mistakes. Listen, every goalkeeping coach in the world will tell you, and we've been through it with Marco, you shouldn't get beaten at the near post.

"I was pleased with Marco, we didn't really get into the goal at half-time, it's not about that with a young man who's still learning his trade, I thought in the second half he was very assured.

"He was good, and we were pleased with his reaction. I don't think there's a goalkeeper on the planet who doesn't make a mistake."

Evans did well not to deflect from the obvious error, yet was still able to find positive words for the goalkeeper, a sign of the man management skills he will hope can benefit his players.

Leeds bounced back in the second half through striker Chris Wood, who scored a penalty, but was in discomfort late in the game and was substituted.

Speaking to LUTV, Evans said: "I had to take big Chris off, he just twisted his ankle. And we'd probably seen that just before the penalty. Hopefully the medical team will get to work with him as they did with Liam Cooper who I thought was good."

Leeds face Bolton Wanderers at the weekend and Evans clearly hopes to have his goalscorer available, having netted his fifth of the season last night.

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