Steve Evans reflects on Leeds' victory over Huddersfield earlier in the season but admits they're a different team now

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The Whites' victory in November saw them seal their first back-to-back wins of the season in the Championship.

Steve Evans has warned his players that the result from the last time Leeds United met Huddersfield Town will have very little bearing on Saturday's game given the changes that have gone on at the John Smith's Stadium in recent months, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

When the two sides met in November, goals on the stroke of half-time from Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci gave the Whites a 2-0 lead at the break.

And while the Terriers' spirit was clearly not broken by the quickfire double, as they tested Marco Silvestri on a number of occasions, the 3-0 victory was wrapped up when Alex Mowatt scored his second stunner in the week, having also bagged a long-range effort against Cardiff. 

However, Evans insisted that United would be foolish to assume that Saturday's rematch between the pair will follow a similar pattern.

"My recollections of Huddersfield are that we were 2-0 up at the interval and didn't deserve to be. Antenucci scored a fantastic goal and made another for Chris Wood. That set us on our way and we controlled the second half but it was perhaps not justified that we had a 2-0 lead at half-time. In football, things like that happen," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"They're a different team, in personnel, shape and results. From that point of view we know they'll be up for the game. They've got some good players for this level and their results up until the last one or two have shown that. It'll be fiercely competitive, like all derbies are."

As Evans alluded to, there has been a considerable change at Huddersfield this season as former Borussia Dortmund youth coach David Wagner - who was in the stands for the game in November, having only just been appointed as their new head coach - has now had a chance to make some mark on the team. 

Although results continue to be inconsistent for the club, they have shown some glimpses that suggest that Wagner is really starting to impart his footballing philosophy on the side.

And while Leeds are unquestionably the form team heading into the contest - having won their last three games - the thought of securing bragging rights and making up for the result in November may make the unpredictable Huddersfield team a very dangerous side.

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