Steve Evans' response when asked if Scott Wootton remains in contention for Leeds United

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Scott Wootton made a terrible error in Leeds United's FA Cup match against Watford on Saturday.

Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that Scott Wootton remains in contention for Leeds United, despite his mishap against Watford last weekend.

Leeds were beaten 1-0 by the Premier League side in the FA Cup, and Wootton took the brunt of fans’ criticism after the match.

The former Manchester United trainee failed to deal with a routine cross, and ended up completely mishitting his clearance into his own net.

It was an error which has compounded some inconsistent displays in recent weeks, and Evans admits that the 24-year-old is still down about his error.

“The boy is still hurting,” Evans said. “He’s been hurting since the ball went in at Watford, and he’ll hurt a little longer. It’s what footballers do. We’ll give him all the support he can.”

And when asked whether Wootton remained in contention to start for Leeds Fulham later this evening, Evans responded angrily.

“I’m not going down that road with you,” he added. “I’ve just said to you that the boy is hurting. That’s where we are. He’s available for selection with the rest of the players.”

Wootton’s place in Leeds’ team remains a divisive issue amongst Leeds fans.

Many argue that he should not be playing for the side, especially as he has been used out of position at right-back for much of the season.

Wootton has always been used as a centre-back in his career to date, but Evans has used him to fill a void on the right hand side of the defence.

Wootton will be competing with Lewie Coyle for a place in Leeds’ team tonight, while Gaetano Berardi is also nearing a return from injury.

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