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Dominic Matteo explains what Steve Evans must avoid doing at Leeds United

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Steve Evans has made a positive impression at Leeds United.

Dominic Matteo has told Radio Yorkshire that Steve Evans needs to avoid going overboard with his criticism of Leeds United’s players.

Evans has been very forthright with his opinions since taking charge at Elland Road, and Matteo, who represented the club between 2000 and 2004, has been impressed by the former Rotherham United boss’s approach.

However, he has warned Evans that Leeds still have a young team, pointing out that it will be important not to be too scathing in order to protect their confidence.

"For whatever reason the players haven’t done it at home for a long time, but under Evans I think he’s saying to them ‘those fans are here to support you and if you do the business, the more of them that will turn up'," Matteo said. 

"I think he’s trying to sell that to the players, because he’s seen what it can be like.

"This is his biggest job ever and he’s going to try and grab it with both hands. He might have to have some harsh words with the players some times, but he’s a winner.

"He’s not going to defend players if they make mistakes and it’s not a bad thing, but you have to be a little bit careful, as it’s still a young squad."

Thankfully for Leeds' squad, Evans has not had too much to complain about recently, as their form has improved.

The Whites have won back-to-back fixtures for the first time this season under Evans’ guidance, and optimism is starting to flood back to Elland Road.

Leeds have moved up to 15th place in the Championship table, and they have a good opportunity to make it three wins from three at the weekend when they take on struggling Rotherham United.

The Millers have been in poor form of late, and Leeds will be eager to inflict further misery on their Yorkshire rivals as they endeavour to build further momentum.

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