Steve Evans on what he is telling Massimo Cellino after Derby draw

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Leeds United boss adamant they would have won had it not been for the fixture schedule.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans is backing owner Massimo Cellino's protest against Sky.

Cellino attempted to block the broadcaster from screening the match against Derby County, before relenting with hours to go.

The club released a statement on their official website explaining their reasons for doing so, frustrated at the club's kick-off times and dates being changed.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds after the game, Evans was notified by radio journalist Adam Pope that he had a message from owner Massimo Cellino after the game, that he felt Leeds would have won if they had an extra day of rest between fixtures.

Evans responded to say: "I'll be saying that to him tonight anyway, even if we'd lost 3-0 I'd say that to him."

He went on to add that he felt Cellino would get behind him in the transfer market, saying that he felt the owner would not break his promises about investing in the squad in January.

Evans insisted that while Cellino had his own reasons financially to be aggrieved with fixture changes by Sky, his own frustrations were on the pitch, with Derby going into the game having had one extra day to prepare, and he felt that the Football League were to blame.

He said that he had spoken to bosses at rivals clubs at the top of the Championship table who were frustrated as they were worried Derby would get an easier ride at Elland Road than they should have done.

Evans said: "The president was quite right to raise the issue," before adding that if Chris Wood's fatigue late on was the symptom of a more substantial injury, "Are the Football League going to pay Chris Wood's wages for four weeks?" 

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