Steve Evans explains why Antenucci didn't start after speaking to Leeds fans

Mirco Antenucci

Steve Evans watched his Leeds side draw 0-0 at Charlton on Saturday.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told LUTV that he left Mirco Antenucci on the bench against Charlton Athletic, as he wanted to keep the same side from the Hull victory.

Having beaten title-challenging Hull 2-1 at Elland Road last week, the same Leeds starting XI went away to The Valley and grabbed a 0-0 draw at Charlton.

Leeds may feel that they could have got more from the game, but it's another unbeaten game and a clean sheet for Evans, so there are still plenty of positives to take.

Before the game, Evans explained his team selection to LUTV, and particularly noted the absence of Italian striker Mirco Antenucci.

The 31-year-old has hit five goals in 19 games this season, and has regularly played up front alongside main striker Chris Wood in the Leeds attack.

However, Antenucci was an unused substitute against Charlton, playing no role at all in the draw - and manager Evans explained to LUTV why the Italian didn't start.

The Scot claimed that, having spoken to Leeds supporters, he was told that the win over Hull was their best performance of 2015, and Evasn felt it was only right to keep the same side and leave Antenucci on the bench.

"We had thoughts about bringing Mirco Antenucci back in, and gone with the two," said Evans. "But I don't think that anyone disputes that for the calendar year, and many supporters are telling me that the first 45 minutes against Hull City was by far the best performance of the calendar year. Well, we're nearly in the new calendar year, so that tells you that same starting XI just deserves the right and the opportunity to go and do it again," he added.

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