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Steve Evans pleased with Elland Road atmosphere during Leeds' draw with Fulham

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The Championship clash saw the lowest attendance at the ground for almost three years.

Steve Evans insisted that he was pleased with the atmosphere inside Elland Road during Leeds' draw with Fulham on Tuesday, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The game was watched by the ground's lowest attendance in almost three years (via Yorkshire Evening Post). And while Evans admitted that the lure of watching the Champions League clash between Arsenal and Barcelona, as well as the freezing temperatures and both sides' position in the table gave fans plenty of reasons to stay away, he was delighted with the impact that Lewis Cook's stunning equaliser had on those who did attend.

"I'm pleased [with the crowd]," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"If you're not challenging for promotion, go and look at the crowds in the Championship and League One and League Two. It's a bitterly cold night and unless you're fighting on a front, people will make the decision.

"There were two big clubs on the telly so that's probably got a part to play as well.

"The crowd were stunned when the goal went in for Fulham but when Lewis Cook produces that piece of magic, from there to 95 minutes the atmosphere was fantastic for a 17,000 crowd."

As Evans alluded to, the fact that both the Whites and the Cottagers were languishing in the bottom half of the table heading into the game meant that victory for either side would have arguably done little to strengthen their bleak hopes of moving into play-off contention unless either team went on the kind of run that neither has really been able to produce this term.

It is perhaps a sign of the growing frustration that surrounds the Yorkshire club currently. The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that the average attendance at Elland Road is down on last season, and no game has seen more than 30,000 visit the ground this term. 

It is hardly surprising that some supporters are beginning to find it difficult to justify spending their money on watching a team that has finished in the bottom half of the table for the last four seasons, and appears to be in contention to do it again this time around. 

While Evans was happy with the atmosphere created by those who did attend, it is perhaps those who decided to stay away that sent the bigger message to Massimo Cellino, with their absence suggesting that it is time for their support to be rewarded by progress on the pitch. 

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