On Tuesday I headed towards Elland Road after minimal sleep and a full days shift; fully expecting Leeds to not brighten my mood.
On the contrary, the night was quite beautiful and Leeds took Wolves to the sword and for once didn't die by their own hand.
After a lengthy chat with Phil Hay about where Leeds go from here and the interesting news of who Evans had selected prior to the match, I was stumbling up the stairs to my allocated seat.
The best bit about this wonderful opportunity to sit with the press has to be the view, your dead centre and have the perfect angle to see all of the action.
The bonus of stewards not telling you to sit down straight after a goal is also quite magnificent.
Evans surprised quite a few by playing a 4-2-3-1 with Erwin and Coyle providing the width in the team. I thought Erwin had a fantastic first start for the club, seeming composed and always looking forward when the ball was with his feet.
Coyle however, didn't seem comfortable in his more forward role, he'd constantly lost his man Jeremy Helan on the left and gave Berardi a few issues to handle. Going forward he did look like a threat and you can see he's advancing, he just needs to return to his natural right back position.
Stand out players for me were Lewis Cook, who was fresh from winning the Championship Young Player of the Year award and brimming with confidence. Chris Wood also had a good game constantly being a thorn in Wolves side, he did miss a lot of glorious opportunities though. I also thought Stuart Dallas made a fantastic contribution when he replaced Coyle, having a fantastic assist for Dave's well finished goal.
A special mention to skipper Sol Bamba, who scored what an only desribed as a 'What the F***' goals from the edge of the area, a phrase I actually used when the ball hit the top left corner.
Although the first half could be described as drab and a tad boring, Leeds were still on top from start to finish and looked deadly throughout. Whatever Evans said at half time worked a treat as Leeds pushed Wolves to the edge before scoring two in quick concession. I didn't even have the time to tweet about our second goal before the second had gone in!
Much to the South Stand's delight, George Saville then pegged one back for Wolves before Silvestri again proved why he is Leeds main keeper with a fantastic save to stop Wolves from equalising.
-A special mention to the South Stand for their fantastic imagination when it comes to songs and the atmosphere they have brought back to Elland Road. You truly are some of the most barmy people to walk this earth.
I also thought that we saw a glimpse of Jordan Botaka's potential as he came on as a late sub and looked energetic and incredibly skilful. I really think he could have a future at the club if he can have a good summer and continues to progress.
The fact he went around each fan after the game was very special to me. In this day and age when most players will just walk off the pitch without a second thought really bothers me, Botaka gave his shirt to a fan and probably made the lads day and then posed with fans who had an Lufc flag waiting for him. I apologise for the shoddy photography, I paid no attention in photography class.
After the game and a quick coffee it was time to speak to the managers about the game.
As you can imagine, Steve Evans was buoyed by the result and complimented the teams performance and individuals within the squad who stood out.
Evans was extremely impressed with the teams link up play and described the win as a hard fought victory. He be advised the second half as 'stunning' before talking about how he had reminded the players of their hunger and how fresh they were the day before in training.
The Scot said that he thought Chris Wood's performance was magnificent but added the striker could have had 4 goals in the first half.
On Lewis Cook, Evans said the player had been in his office the day before thanking him in tears for what he's done for his career and that he was immensely proud of how the player has developed in the last 6 months, along with Liam Cooper who he believes to have unlocked a hidden talent.
Evans also spoke about the recent season ticket offer that will return 25% of the fee paid if Leeds do not finish in the playoff places. When asked if he would do the same and leave if he is unable to get the club into the top six he agreed that he would.
On whether he wanted to stay at the club, he said; '1million%'. Adding; "why would I want to leave Leeds, I love it here.. Next season will be a season that we challenge for promotion and I promise the fans that."
As much as I didn't like the fella when he joined the club and thought he was the wrong appointment, I do think that with results and performances like that, he doesn't deserve the chop at all!
After Evans left shaking everyone's hand, Kenny Jackett came in and apart from agreeing that Leeds were the better side and deserved to win, he had no questions.
That was until I jumped in and asked him how'd he feel about having a player like Cook in his team to which he replied; "Leeds are truly blessed to have a player like Cook in their team, he's truly 'triffic."
And there you have it! Once again I'd like to thank you for your continued support on the site and will continue to bring you these reports whenever possible.
By Ryan Ingham
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