Leeds United secured a 1-1 draw in Steve Evans’ first game in charge.
Evans was appointed head coach of Leeds earlier this week, replacing Uwe Rosler at Elland Road, and he has admitted to the Sky Sports FL72 podcast that promotion is still on the cards despite the poor start to the season.
When asked if Leeds could win promotion this season, Evans said: “Of course we’ve got a chance. If we’d won on Wednesday night we would have jumped to mid-table. If we can go an get a couple of wins in our next two matches, we’ll suddenly be in the top half of the table, and there would have been no more than 14/15 matches gone - not even a third of the season - and we would be very much a part of it [the promotion race].”
After the 1-1 draw with Fulham on Wednesday, Leeds sit in 18 place, with two wins and six draws leaving them on 12 points after 12 games.
They are nine points off the final play off space, but Evans believes that there is no issue with Leeds putting up a promotion fight, as long as they start picking up points soon.
A few wins in the coming weeks would start building some momentum, and Evans believes it will send them up the table, at a stage of the season which is still very early.
It is only 12 games into the campaign, and the Championship has become known as a division which is almost impossible to call, with big teams losing against minnows against all the odds, and a number of sides fighting for promotion who many would never have suggested have the ability to - take Brighton and Birmingham for instance.
Evans believes that promotion is still a possibility this season, having now taken over at Elland Road, and whilst he lays out a concrete argument, the new head coach will need to start picking up points quickly if he wants to have any chance of fulfilling his ambition of getting to the Premier League.