Steve Evans proves how he can inspire Leeds youngsters after midweek comments

Alex Mowatt

Steve Evans gave Alex Mowatt the belief to find his best form against Cardiff City.

Leeds United face Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium today, and manager Steve Evans will be looking for a second win in a matter of days.

The Scot, who arrived as Leeds boss almost three weeks ago following the departure of Uwe Rosler, claimed his first win as Whites manager on Tuesday night with a 1-0 win over Cardiff City, which happened to be Leeds' first home win since March.

It was Alex Mowatt's long-range thunderbolt which ended the drought for Leeds, and now they travel to face Huddersfield Town in a Yorkshire derby - a big game for Evans.

Mowatt will be called upon once again having produced his best display of the season against Cardiff, and Evans may have had a huge part to play in his improved performance.

Before the game against Cardiff, Evans spoke to LUTV, and singled out Mowatt as a player who he believed in despite a lack of confidence, and stated that he felt Mowatt could contribute goals from midfield.

"I think he's a gifted young man," said Evans. "I think his confidence was allowed to ebb away and get low. I've seen a reaction, he's been very good in training. He's capable of scoring a goal, as the supporters saw last season, he's capable of getting into little pockets, and we feel he can cause problems," he added.

Mowatt responded to those comments by scoring a stunning, match winning goal, and the upturn in his performance should fill Leeds fans with confidence about Evans' ability to reinvigorate Leeds' young players who had lost some confidence under Rosler.

Sam Byram is another player whose performances have dropped recently, and Evans has already shown his ability to inspire Leeds players with Mowatt's display against Cardiff - and whilst the midfielder needs to replicate that performance over a longer period of time, it's a sign that Evans does have faith in the existing squad at Elland Road, despite their shaky start to the season.

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