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Evans blasts Leeds defender's comical error, shares what Warnock said at full-time

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Leeds United were beaten 2-1 by Rotherham United this afternoon.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that there was no coming back for the Whites after Giuseppe Bellusci's stunning error against Rotherham this afternoon.

Leeds lost 4-1 to Huddersfield Town last time out, and made it two defeats to Yorkshire rivals in succession with a 2-1 away defeat at Evans' former club Rotherham United today.

The Millers took the lead in the first half through a Lee Frecklington goal, but Leeds levelled through Luke Murphy following Matt Derbyshire's red card.

However, Leeds collapsed in the final stages, as Giuseppe Bellusci remarkably tried to overhead kick the ball clear inside his own box, and having completely missed the ball, Frecklington rounded Marco Silvestri but was brought down, meaning that the Italian goalkeeper was sent off.

Bellusci went in goal for the penalty but couldn't stop Greg Halford scoring the last minute winner for Rotherham, handing Leeds a remarkable defeat.

After the game, manager Steve Evans spoke to BBC Radio Leeds about the result, and highlighted Bellusci's bizarre mistake, suggesting that the player knows he made a huge error, but admitted there was no coming back from such a calamitous mistake.

Evans also claimed that he got his substitutions right against Rotherham, and even had words of encouragement from Millers boss Neil Warnock - who of course is a former Leeds manager - about his changes.

"I think when you make mistakes in games at Championship level, the quality of goalkeeping and defending, sometimes you have a chance to stop that mistake being a goal," said Evans. "When you make the type of mistake that was made today late in the game, you don't recover from that. Nobody has to tell Peppe that he's made a huge error."

"I've just been complimented by Neil Warnock and his staff about how effective we became when we made the changes, so we got our changes right," he added.

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