Steve Evans has explained his half-time team talk during Leeds' 1-1 draw with Fulham.
New Leeds United manager Steve Evans has explained to LUTV what he told his players at half-time against Fulham - and also admitted his strong words for midfielder Tom Adeyemi.
The Whites fell behind in the first half when Moussa Dembele's shot slipped through Marco Silvestri and in to the net, but a second half penalty from striker Chris Wood handed Leeds a point and a 1-1 draw.
It was a solid start to life in the Leeds dugout for Evans, who arrived on Monday following the sacking of Uwe Rosler, in what has been yet another dramatic week at Elland Road.
For a while, it looked like Evans might get off to a losing start, but he has now told LUTV about his half-time team talk, which rallied his troops and earned his side a valuable point.
"I said at half time, we're 1-0 down here, and we have to stand up and be counted, as individuals, and do it not only for the supporters, do it for yourselves. You're wearing that shirt, and everyone behind the goal would love to wear that shirt, they'd cut their arm off! And that was the nature of the talk," said Evans. "I said if we equalise, we'll go on and get chances to win, and we did - unfortunately, we came up against an inspired goalkeeping performances."
Evans also told Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post that he has a strong message for midfielder Tom Adeyemi, telling him to focus on his athletic ability more than just passing the ball to his team-mates.
On Adeyemi: "I said 'if you think you’re a sitting midfielder, you’ll be playing in League 2. Go box-to-box and you’ve got a big future."— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 21, 2015
Adeyemi has had an up-and-down start to life as a Leeds player, but it's clear that he has the height, strength and pace to be an outstanding box-to-box midfielder in the Championship, and Evans is now keen to utilise those attributes during his time at Elland Road.
With an improved display from Sam Byram as well as Adeyemi, Evans is looking to get the best out of his players in any way he an - and his advice to Adeyemi could help him become more of an asset to the Leeds team, given that he has athletic traits that few other Leeds players can offer.