Leeds United boss hails outstanding Sol Bamba, Liam Cooper

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The Whites lost 1-0 at Burnley on Saturday afternoon.

Quoted by BBC Sport, Leeds United boss Steve Evans singled out Sol Bamba and Liam Cooper for special praise despite Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Championship leaders Burnley.

Scott Arfield's first-minute opener at Turf Moor proved the difference between both sides in a game which the Whites dominated at times, with striker Chris Wood missing not one, but two excellent chances by sending gilt-edged headers wide in the second half.

At the other end, the much-maligned Bamba looked a commanding presence - despite missing a header in the build-up to the Clarets' winner - in defence, while Cooper pulled off a key block in the second half to prevent the hosts from doubling their lead.

In spite of the defeat, Evans felt there was plenty of positives on an otherwise disappointing afternoon - and says that the duo provided at least two of them.

"The positives were all over the pitch - Sol Bamba, Liam Cooper were outstanding and I was really pleased with Toumani and Luke Murphy," he said via BBC Sport.

"Burnley protected that goal with their hearts and their souls and if that's the win that takes them to the Premier League, then we wish them well."

 

That being said, the result does not help Leeds or Evans one bit as the 53-year-old's future remains uncertain.

 

The Scot is on a rolling contract at Elland Road it remains to be seen if he will have his deal extended for next season.

 

Evans, whose mandate was to avoid relegation, looks on course to do just that, with Leeds 11 points clear of the drop zone, but it has been an unconvincing few weeks for United, in which they have lost three and drawn once.

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