Leeds United boss Steve Evans shares what Burnley defender told him about Chris Wood

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Leeds United were beaten 1-0 by Burnley last weekend.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that Burnley defender Michael Keane praised Chris Wood after the two side’s match last Saturday.

Wood was guilty of missing two glorious opportunities in the second half at Turf Moor, as Leeds slipped to a 1-0 defeat.

The target man received a great amount of criticism from supporters for his lack of ruthlessness.

However, Evans has defended the New Zealand international, by suggesting that he still isn’t fully fit yet.

“I just explained to Chris on the training ground that it’s like he’s coming back for a new season after being out for so long,” Evans said. “He’s three or four games in now, but he needs to be five or six in.

“On another day those are bread and butter chances for him, but what really impressed me was his movement in the box and speaking to the boy Keane on Saturday, after the game, he said ‘what a player Wood is’.”

Wood missed two months of the season with injury, and he is only just starting to get used to playing regularly for the first-team again.

Wood has made three consecutive starts now - and during that run of games he has hit the back of the net once.

That goal has put him back at the top of Leeds’ goalscoring charts, as he has now scored nine times in 31 matches during his first season at Elland Road.

Wood is likely to start again for Leeds in their match against Birmingham City later this evening.

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