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Steve Evans responds to Giuseppe Bellusci's latest Leeds performance, will he be dropped?

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Giuseppe Bellusci conceded a penalty which cost Leeds United all three points against QPR.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans kept his faith in Giuseppe Bellusci last night, only for the centre-back to cost his side again.

A disastrous overhead kick attempt clearance at Rotherham at the weekend led to goalkeeper Marco Silvestri conceding a penalty and being sent off, and against QPR last night in front of home fans at Elland Road, Bellusci gave away a penalty in the 87th minute as he hauled down Sebastian Polter.

Evans was asked about whether Bellusci would be dropped for the trip to promotion chasing Burnley at the weekend, but refused to condemn the error prone Italian.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: "I protect all my players, it doesn't matter when they make mistakes, my job is to control that within the confines of the dressing room and not discuss that in public.

"Giuseppe gives a penalty away with a little rash challenge, the player gets clipped, he's going to go down, but Berardi is sweeping around him and would probably clear the danger."

Evans added: "We need to stop these little errors, and these stop you getting the points you need to get.

"We never write players off, we have to work on it in the training ground. Giuseppe is a good player, it is very important his head coach retains belief in him."

Leeds have been juggling picking two from the trio of Bellusci, Sol Bamba and Liam Cooper all season.

Bellusci has had spells where he has seemed the best of the trio, but ruins that with hair-brained moments like in the last two matches which even academy defenders should not make.

After two consecutive errors Evans took Scott Wootton out of the firing line earlier this season, and it may be that despite refusing to criticise the Italian, he decides to leave Bellusci on the bench this weekend for the daunting trip to Turf Moor.

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