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Steve Evans is not wrong when he says December is a key month for Leeds

Evans is hoping to see a big improvement before the end of the year.

Leeds boss Steve Evans has challenged his side to go on the kind of run that will put them into the pack of sides battling for a place in the top 10 of the Championship, the Yorkshire Evening Post report.

The Whites are currently 16th in the table following the disappointing defeat to then bottom side Rotherham United at Elland Road last weekend. With seven games coming before the end of December, Evans is hoping to see a positive response following the loss to the Millers.

"We all know this coming month does shape the rest of the season. I think for us, we have to keep ourselves involved with the top half of the table. When we come out of that game against Derby County at Elland Road late in December, we have to make sure we are in that top 10 pack. That’s when the season starts to get a little bit interesting at both ends," he explained.

The Christmas period is notoriously pivotal as stretched squads often become exposed, while teams that boast immense depth thrive on the opportunity to rattle through games and collect a large amount of points in a short space of time. 

While there is plenty of talent in the United squad - and no fear to throw some of the promising academy graduates into the first-team fold if required - the fixtures on the horizon prove that Evans is correct: December is a massive month for the side.

As well as Saturday's trip to Loftus Road to face Queens Park Rangers, United face three other sides all lurking in the bottom half, while also hosting league leaders Hull City, and fourth-placed Derby County.

Should the side find a clinical edge that was missing against Neil Redfearn's team, while also abandoning any complacency - that was arguably visible in abundance during the defeat - then Evans' men could see off the sides around them, potentially surprise either of the promotion chasers, and claw back the six-point gap separating them from the top ten. 

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