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Eddie Gray sends message to Leeds squad - and Steve Evans agrees

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The Leeds icon was reacting to the 1-1 draw with MK Dons.

Eddie Gray believes the Leeds United squad need to emulate the 'top sides' in the Championship by playing smaller sides with the same effort and intensity as they would bigger clubs, according to the club's official Youtube channel.

And Steve Evans agrees with the Leeds icon.

The Yorkshire side drew 1-1 with MK Dons on Saturday afternoon but almost lost the game thanks to a poor performance. Against higher-ranked opposition, however, United would likely have performed far better.

Gray told LUTV: "You're more or less agreeing with me. The top sides are going to steamroll the little clubs. They play exactly the same way as when they play against the bigger clubs. That concentration level to do that is what they've [Leeds] got to get in their game."

Evans responded: "Yeah, 100 per cent. I think that's an individual thing, as well. They need to be mentally applied to the game. If we played a team in the top four or five today, we would have been a lot brighter."

The issue does seem to hit the nail on the head for Leeds. And it was a problem that affected the Whites last season, too, not just this term.

United are far too inconsistent and, while they are now unbeaten in seven Championship games, they have followed up good performances within that run with some very forgettable displays.

If Leeds want to aim high, that kind of thing just isn't acceptable. The good news, though, is that a solid mid-table or even top-half finish is still possible the way Leeds currently operate.

It's all about what kind of pressure Evans and the squad are prepared to put themselves under.

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