Steve Evans gives instant reaction to Leeds' win, shares what he said at half-time

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds United beat Birmingham City 2-1 this evening.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told LUTV that his side produced a 'big performance' to beat Birmingham City 2-1 tonight.

The Whites went into the game off the back of three defeats in the last four games, but made the perfect start as Stuart Dallas fired Leeds in front on just 11 minutes.

Dallas then grabbed a superb second after the break to put Leeds 2-0 up, before Clayton Donaldson pulled one back for Birmingham, setting up a nervy last half an hour for Leeds.

Midfielder Alex Mowatt then saw red for a rash challenge, but Leeds managed to hang on and claim all three points in a result which should guarantee their Championship status for next season.

After the game, manager Evans spoke to LUTV about his side's performance, and suggested that the quality of Leeds' play in the first half was 'outstanding'.

The Scot also praised his players for showing a different side to their game in the second period, dealing with Birmingham's push for an equaliser and standing strong to claim all three points.

Evans finally revealed that he told his players at half-time that this was the best he'd seen Leeds play, and was possibly the best performance from any side he has ever managed.

"It was a big performance, especially in the first half," said Evans. "I thought the quality of the play was outstanding, and I think in the second half, we had to show a different side of the game."

"I said to the team at half that this was the best I've seen Leeds United play. In periods of that game, it's the best any of my teams have ever played. I've been a manager a little while now, I've had some great times and some great performances, but I think with the quality of passing and the movement [this was the best]," he added.

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