Leeds United eased the pressure on manager Steve Evans with a 2-1 victory over struggling Bolton Wanderers in yesterday’s Sky Bet Championship match at Elland Road.
Leeds ended their five match winless run with this much-needed morale boosting victory over Championship strugglers Bolton, heaping further misery on Neil Lennon’s side.
Mirco Antenucci scored twice either side of half time to put the home side in control of the match after his return to the starting line-up.
Bolton have struggled in the final third all season, and that was apparent yesterday as they played well but failed to really produce good goal-scoring opportunities.
The visitors did pull one goal back through Kaiyne Woolery, but they could not muster up another clear cut chance to pull level.
Bolton are still propping up the Championship and it is hard to see them putting a good enough run together to retain their Championship status.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Anthony Yeo identifies THREE things that we learned from Leeds’ 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers…
1) Steve Evans’ future still unclear
Before yesterday’s Championship match, there was much speculation that Evans would be sacked if Leeds had failed to win.
Despite the victory, the rumours are still circulating that Evans is only one defeat away from being axed.
Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino was subject to a fan’s protest before the match, and had issued that if Leeds had lost yesterday Evans was not to speak to the press, which fuelled the speculation over the manager’s future.
2) Bolton are too far adrift too survive
Although mathematically it is still possible for Bolton to save themselves, the ten point gap to MK Dons looks to be beyond them.
The games are running out for Bolton, and currently they do not appear to be able to put a significant run of wins together that will close the gap.
Bolton do not have enough quality up front to rescue them from the drop, and they will almost certainly be in League One next season.
3) Mirco Antenucci
The Italian was in fine form for Leeds in yesterday’s match.
He not only bagged two goals, but was influential in all Leeds’ attacking play yesterday.
Unfortunately for Leeds, this type of performance has been few and far between, as he bagged his seventh of the season.
Antenucci has played 34 games for Leeds this season, not many of them memorable, but if they can get him performing more regularly he can be a force in the Championship.
Leeds and Bolton fans… what did you make of the match? Are Bolton doomed to relegation? Will Steve Evans keep his job at Leeds? Where will Leeds be if Cellino stays in charge at Elland Road? Will Bolton bounce straight back up if they are relegated? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!