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Steve Evans offers opinion on Jordan Botaka's performance, admits conversation with Cellino

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Leeds United lost 2-1 at home to already-relegated Charlton Athletic today.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that he will continue a conversation with Massimo Cellino this week about his future.

The Whites went into today's game with already-relegated Charlton Athletic having dropped just two points in the previous four games, and that came with a 2-2 draw away at promotion-chasing Hull City.

Today though, Leeds fell flat at Elland Road, as Johann Berg Gudmundsson struck the Addicks in front just before half time, and Ademola Lookman made it 2-0 just after the break to stun the Leeds fans.

Leeds did pull a goal back through Sol Bamba with just 20 minutes to play, and whilst they pushed for an equaliser, they couldn't find one and slipped to a defeat.

After the game, manager Evans spoke to BBC Radio Leeds, and was specifically asked about the performance of winger Jordan Botaka.

Botaka, a summer signing from Dutch club Excelsior, has been a bit-part player this season, but after impressing as a substitute against Hull last week, the DR Congo international was handed a start at Elland Road today - and Evans felt that he had a strong end to the game, but was frustrated during the first half.

"I think he did particularly well in the last 15 minutes, I think he caused them a few problems," said Evans. "I think he got a little bit frustrated himself, we never got him in many good positions in the first half when we were dominant, where he could be one-on-one with the full back. I couldn't fault Jordan, that's why we left him on the pitch. I think he had a real tenacity and wish to work hard today."

Evans was also asked about his future given that his contract expires at the end of the season, and admitted that he's close to finding out his fate having spoken to chairman Massimo Cellino.

"I had a positive meeting and conversation for some time with the president yesterday, which went very well. I'm close to finding out, but we'll meet again in the week when the chairman's diary allows, and we'll continue with our conversation," he added.

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