Five things we learned about Leeds United from Fulham draw

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Leeds United and Fulham went head-to-head this week.

Leeds United played their first match since Uwe Rosler was replaced as manager by Steve Evans on Wednesday night, with the Whites drawing 1-1 away to Championship rivals Fulham.

It may not have been the victory Leeds fans were hoping for but it did at least stop the rot after three straight defeats and here are five things we learned about Evans and his men from the encounter:

Byram is back in the fold

Under former manager Rosler right-back Sam Byram was dropped to the bench, and whoever you feel was ultimately responsible for that decision the youngster was back in the starting line-up for Evans’ first game in charge.

A fit and firing Byram could make a huge difference to this Leeds side and the new boss certainly needs all the quality he can get in the weeks ahead.

We shouldn’t read too much into selection

Prior to the match, Evans explained to LUTV that he had taken advice from current Leeds staff before picking his first starting XI and suggested things could change once he had his feet firmly under the table.

Evans certainly inspires

When a new manager arrives at a club, it is hoped he can instantly inspire an upturn in form and Leeds certainly gave their all, dominating possession and having a very impressive 16 goal attempts, eight of which were on target. Not bad at all for a visiting team.

Botaka and Buckley will get chances

Given Evans’ preference for out-and-out wide players it was somewhat surprising that both Jordan Botaka and Will Buckley started the game on the bench.

However, they both got minutes and in time expect them to be key players under the new Leeds manager.

4-4-2 is the way to go

Evans suggested 4-4-2 was his preferred position and so it proved against Fulham, with Mirco Antenucci and Chris Wood playing together up front – a partnership that lead to plenty of those goal attempts.

The change could lead to a steady climb up the table if everyone buys into Evans’ ethos.

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