Steve Evans pays tribute to the 'outstanding' Sol Bamba

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The ex-Rotherham boss was delighted with the defender.


Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told his troops to use Sol Bamba's performance against Bolton Wanderers as a template for the type of character he wants for the rest of the Championship season, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The 31-year-old defender replaced the injured Liam Cooper at half-time in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Trotters, and finished the contest as one of United's strongest performers on the day.

That display came just a matter of days after Leeds' horror show in losing 4-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion, in which all four goals were scored before the break.

Bamba, in particular, was criticised for that display, and Evans says that it took 'outstanding' heart from his skipper to react in the way he did, and wants to see the same backbone from every player, starting in tonight's trip to Cardiff City.

“We were under big pressure and the only thing that mattered was the result,” Evans is quoted as saying by the Yorkshire Evening Post.“You want to play well and you can’t ignore performances but when you’re coming off the back of 4-0 at Brighton, and 4-0 the way it happened, it takes real determination to put that right straight away.

“I thought our captain epitomised the performance. He had a bad night at Brighton, as most of us did, and he knew it. But he came on at half-time after we lost Liam Cooper and he was simply outstanding.

"He was strong, he won so many challenges and he got himself in the right positions at the right times. It’s easy to point the finger at players but that win on Saturday took real character."

Victory will be on the agenda tonight as Evans's boys look to consolidate their immediate future in the Championship, with United just nine points clear of the relegation zone with eight more matches to play.

Relegation is unlikely, even with a defeat in the Welsh capital, but another three points would go a long way toward alleviating the gloomy mood around the club as of late.

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