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Steve Evans bemoans Gaetano Berardi's performance during Leeds United's match against Rotherham United

Leeds United were beaten 1-0 by Rotherham United yesterday.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has accused Gaetano Berardi of going to sleep during his side’s match against Rotherham United on BBC Radio Leeds.

The Whites were beaten 1-0 by Rotherham yesterday, and Berardi’s defensive effort for the Millers’ goal frustrated Evans.

The Swiss defender failed to track Joe Newell’s run, and the 22-year-old midfielder was allowed a free header from close-range, which he dispatched with aplomb.

And Evans said: “I think for a long period we were totally dominant, but I think they have one or two good players for the Championship.

“Joe Newell is one of them, of course, who I signed – and he made a good run into the box, but Berardi should see that run and cover it. He’s gone to sleep there. Our defensive reaction to the ball coming into the box was poor.”

Berardi has been one of Leeds’ top performers since Evans arrived, but he had a torrid time in Saturday’s defeat.

After failing to pick up Newell for Rotherham’s goal, the full-back then compounded his error, by getting sent off.

Berardi reacted angrily to a Leon Best challenge, which saw both players dispatched from the field before time.

Unfortunately for Leeds, the red-card was not enough to spark them into life – and they fell to a disappointing defeat, which has destroyed much of the momentum that they had built up.

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