Leeds United head coach Steve Evans feels Huddersfield are a lot different a side to the ones the Whites hammered earlier in the season.

Evans’ men scored a comprehensive 3-0 win over Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium in November, and bagged the bragging rights in the Yorkshire derby, but Evans is expecting a much tougher encounter tomorrow.

The game was David Wagner’s first game in charge of the club, though he watched from the stands, and since that defeat the 44-year-old has helped the Terriers to move forward, with some improved performances and results.

While relegation still remains a threat, Wagner’s men have been inching up the league table in recent weeks, and Evans believes the German has done well to improve the club in the last few months.

The Leeds boss said in a press conference: “I think they are different, both in terms of shape, personnel and I think results as well.  


“David has done a fantastic job, assisted by Mike Marsh. I have known Mike for a number of years, he is a good friend.”

Evans believes that Huddersfield have some quality players in their ranks, and is not expecting an easy ride for his Leeds side tomorrow in the derby, which he feels will be fiercely contested.

“We know they will be up for the game, and they have some individual players for this level and their recent results up until their last game, have shown that.

“And it will be a fiercely competitive local derby, as local derbies normally are.”