Ipswich captain explains why his opinion of Steve Evans has markedly changed

The skipper is unhappy with 'staggering' comments from the Leeds boss,.

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers says he has 'lost respect' for Leeds United head coach Steve Evans, according to the Sudbury Mercury.

Indeed, Evans is quoted as saying 'if that's the benchmark for sixth place, I'll take that benchmark,' going on to suggest Ipswich weren't impressive during their 2-1 win over Leeds.

But Chambers is quoted as saying: "Yes, they look the lead and had a good 10/15 minute spell but after that it was one-way traffic. For him to then disrespect us as a team and say that if we are the benchmark for sixth place then he will take that, is honestly quite staggering.

"At the end of the day, we’ve walked away with six points off them this season and we are the ones who are in the play-off places fighting to get into the Premier League.

"I had a lot of respect for him before the game but I’ve lost some of that now."

Did Evans cross the line with his post-match comments?

The Scot seemed to let frustration get the better of him, perhaps the result of going so long unbeaten - even when Leeds didn't play their best - but finally seeing that run come to an end against Ipswich.

Evans looked to have taken his frustration out on his own players and the opposition in equal measure, criticising the likes of Giuseppe Bellusci, Marco Silvestri and more from within his own team.

Patience is key for Leeds, for the fans as much as their manager. There has been plenty of anger that United aren't challenging for promotion. But they were only battling relegation last season. A comfortable mid-table finish would be a very good result indeed to build on this time around.

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