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Leeds United boss Steve Evans comments on Giuseppe Bellusci's decision to go in goal

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Leeds United were beaten 2-1 by Rotherham United at the weekend.

Steve Evans has insisted to BBC Radio Leeds that Giuseppe Bellusci did not break team orders to go in goal for Leeds United against Rotherham United.

Bellusci opted to take over from Marco Silvestri, after the Italian goalkeeper was sent off after giving away a penalty in the last minute of the Whites’ match against Rotherham United.

Many Leeds fans accused Bellusci of trying to steal the limelight, after taking over the role in goal.

However, Evans has defended the centre-back, insisting that he was within his rights to go in goal.

“I think Pepe thought I’ll go and try and save it,” he said. “That wasn’t a problem. I didn’t want Chris Wood in goal, because if you’re going to go behind you want your central striker on the pitch.”

Bellusci has received a great deal of criticism for his performance against Rotherham, as he was at fault for giving away the penalty.

The 26-year-old decided to attempt an overhead kick to clear a cross inside his own box, rather than simply head it away to safety, and he completely mistimed his clearance.

Silvestri then fouled the Rotherham attacker in his desperation to stop him from scoring, and received his marching orders from the referee.

Bellusci compounded his error by failing to save the penalty kick, which caused Leeds to fall to their second consecutive defeat in a Yorkshire derby.

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