Steve Evans praises outstanding Toumani Diagouraga, wishes he'd started him against Charlton

Steve Evans has hailed Leeds midfielder Toumani Diagouraga.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that he wishes he'd started Toumani Diagouraga against Charlton Athletic today.

The Whites' unbeaten run ended at four games after a shock home defeat to already-relegated Charlton today, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Ademola Lookman striking either side of half-time to give the Addicks a 2-0 lead.

Sol Bamba did pull one back for Leeds, and whilst Evans' men pushed for an equaliser, they couldn't find it as they fell to a shock defeat in their final home game of the season.

One intriguing line-up decision from Evans before the game was to go with Luke Murphy and Liam Bridcutt in central midfield, leaving January signing Toumani Diagouraga on the bench - and that looks to be a decision that the Scottish boss regrets.

Diagouraga did eventually come on as a 75th minute substitute for Murphy as Leeds took control of the game, and manager Evans spoke about the Frenchman's performance after the final whistle.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, Evans admitted that he felt Diagouraga was 'outstanding' when he came on, and now wishes that he had played him from the start - something to look out for as Evans possibly picks his final ever Leeds line-up away at Preston next week.

"I thought Toumani was outstanding when he came on," said Evans. "Of course, I look back and wish I'd played him", he added, putting the powerful defensive midfielder right in contention for a starting role against Preston next Saturday afternoon.

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