Steve Evans defends Chris Wood's performance for Leeds v Preston

Steve Evans believes Leeds striker Chris Wood will be back on form soon.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds he wants to get Chris Wood to be sharper, and is working on it.

The head coach did not suggest he was in any way unhappy with his performance against Preston North End, a match which Leeds needed an own goal to win 1-0.

Instead Evans explained that he felt Wood was working hard for the team, and that pressure on him was understandable.

He said: "There's a lot of Leeds United supporters who know the game very well, I think they have a big appreciation for the work that Chris is doing.

"But if you come in here at Leeds United and you are the main striker, you've got one hell of a boots to fill. When the supporters come here they remember some great, great players

"What we need to do is work with Chris on the training ground, he's on his own fitness plan to get sharper - not fitter, he's a fit boy, but we're trying to get them sharper for when they turn up and play games."

Wood cost Leeds £3 million to sign from Leicester City, the Yorkshire Evening Post reported in the summer, the biggest fee the club have spent on a single player in a decade. 

He scored in the win over Hull City a fortnight, but has not netted in the three following games. He has scored seven goals this season in 21 appearances. He has just two goals in his last 10 games.

The New Zealander played 83 minutes against Preston, substituted late on for Mirco Antenucci. While managing just 33 touches, he had four shots at goal, two of which hit the target.

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