Steve Evans hits back at Leeds fans criticising his side's display against Watford

Leeds United East Stand

Leeds United were beaten 1-0 by Watford in the FA Cup yesterday.

Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that Leeds United supporters need to curb their expectation levels.

Leeds were beaten 1-0 by Watford in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon, and Evans’ side’s performance frustrated their supporters.

The Whites showed very little attacking threat throughout the contest, but Evans says that any criticism directed at his team needs to be curbed because of Watford’s quality.

“I think some people have to think we are playing Watford here,” Evans said. “They’re bringing players on who have played in the Champions League and won La Liga. They brought on Amrabat, who they have just paid £8 million for.

“Sometimes you have to stand back and see who we are playing. But, did we create enough chances in the final third? No. And do we have the players at this football club at this moment in time that I think can do that? No.”

Leeds had just one shot on target at Vicarage Road, and they only touched the ball six times in the opposition’s penalty area.

Evans set up his Leeds side to stifle Watford’s attacking players and his plan almost worked. However, Scott Wootton’s own-goal undid their good defensive work, and sent Leeds crashing out of the FA Cup for another year.

Leeds have now failed to win any of their last three matches in all competitions, with the pressure starting to rise for Evans to turn things around.

The Whites have struggled for goals in recent weeks, and even though Chris Wood is currently sidelined with injury supporters are growing increasing frustrated. 

Leeds' next match comes against Fulham at Elland Road on Tuesday evening. 

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