Evans explains why he started Doukara alone up top... admits it backfired

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The Leeds head coach has been discussing the 24-year-old forward.

Steve Evans says he started Souleymane Doukara alone up front for Leeds United as he wanted to maintain the Yorkshire side's successful formation instead of going two up top, according to BBC Radio Leeds.

However, the Scot freely admitted the setup didn't work, with Doukara being taken off in the second half.

Leeds were spared their blushes after MK Dons took the lead at Elland Road - but only through a late own goal.

Evans told BBC Radio Leeds after the 1-1 draw with MK Dons: "Well, we played in a system that's been particularly successful for us.

"Obviously, you would try and continue that. I addressed the problems at half-time, I wasn't happy with what I saw. We didn't have a shot on goal in the first half. So I had to go and change it."

Critics shouldn't be too harsh on Doukara. The Leeds side as a whole performed poorly against MK Dons and the 24-year-old has thrived in recent weeks.

When he changed games against Wolves and Nottingham Forest, the Frenchman wasn't leading the line but playing slightly deeper.

Playing Doukara up front without a partner, then, was always going to be a little risky. It backfired but that shouldn't reflect too badly on the Leeds forward. He has been poor for United in the past but deserves more chances based on recent weeks.

The return of Chris Wood will likely help Doukara and the rest of the Leeds side.

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