Steve Evans reflects on debate with Scott Wootton after he was substituted during Leeds United's match with Charlton

Leeds United East Stand

Leeds United drew 0-0 with Charlton Athletic at the weekend.

Steve Evans has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he told Scott Wootton to ‘shut-up’, after the defender complained about being taken off during Leeds United’s match against Charlton Athletic.

Wootton was replaced by Gaetano Berardi two minutes into the second half at The Valley, and the defender was not best pleased to have to leave the field.

However, Evans justified his decision as he was worried that the former Manchester United man could have been sent off.

“He (Wootton) said ‘why are you bringing me off?’” Evans said. “I said ‘you’re on a yellow and you might get a red so shut-up!’

“He just smiled and if I could turn the clock back and see our total dominance, I might not have made that change. He wouldn’t have done much tackling because all the play was around Charlton’s box.”

Wootton’s withdrawal did not have too much impact on the match overall, as the pattern of play had already been set.

Leeds did most of the attacking against Charlton throughout the contest, but they were unable to hit the back of the net.

The Whites squandered numerous good opportunities in the match, with their finishing falling well short of the expected standard.

It was a frustrating afternoon for the Whites, and the draw leaves them sitting in 18th place in the Championship table.

Leeds’ next match comes against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday evening.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch