Steve Evans on the warning he gave Leeds United's players

Elland Road Revie Stand

Leeds United drew 1-1 with Fulham in Steve Evans' first game in charge.

Steve Evans has revealed to LUTV that he warned Leeds United's players that if they did not show effort and determination, he would ship them out of the club.

Evans has expressed a desire to make his team more aggressive, and he has worked hard to get this message across to the players during the early days of his Elland Road reign. 

His words seem to have had the desired impact, though, as Leeds battled bravely during a 1-1 draw with Fulham on Wednesday night. 

And Evans explained: "I said to the players, that 'if I'm here until Friday, it's great, but if you don't give me effort and determination you won't see Friday'. You have to realise that you're playing for Leeds United. You may get beaten in games, but you're never defeated."

Leeds drew 1-1 at Craven Cottage, but the fact they didn't get the three points was largely due to Fulham goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

Lewis made a string of excellent saves throughout the contest to thwart Leeds, who became more attacking as the match progressed, on Evans' command. 

"I think the changes we made, we showed we want to win football matches," the 52-year-old boss said. "We're not coming to these places to take a point, we tried to win and we were unlucky we didn't get that win."

The draw ended Leeds' run of three straight defeats, and the performance has raised spirits again around Elland Road.

The Whites' next game comes against a struggling Bolton Wanderers side on Saturday afternoon, and Evans will be hoping that his side display further improvement in that fixture. 

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