Mike Phelan’s feeling frustrated after Tigers tail off at the end against Leeds

Mike Phelan says Hull need to remedy their defensive ills if they are to come through the Sky Bet Championship play-offs.

Hull: Mike Phelan's feeling frustrated after Tigers tail off at the end against LeedsHull: Mike Phelan's feeling frustrated after Tigers tail off at the end against Leeds

City drew 2-2 with Leeds at the KC Stadium, conceding a late equaliser to Stuart Dallas, as their automatic promotion hopes ended.

The top two was deemed by some as a formality at Christmas time, but Hull have stuttered in the second half of the season and Phelan knows where work needs to be done.

“There have been ups and downs, we’ve been on decent runs and then got back on track after bad ones,” the assistant manager said.

“At the moment we are concerned we are giving away a couple of goals a game, because if you’re scoring two and not winning… We need to find a remedy, which we will do. We will prepare and discuss how we’re going to do that.

“We need to make sure everybody knows their jobs in the next three weeks.”

Phelan and City boss Steve Bruce watched on as Abel Hernandez and Tom Huddlestone scored in first-half injury time to cancel out Chris Wood’s opener for Leeds.

Wood then missed a penalty before Dallas’ leveller, which stretched Leeds’ unbeaten run to four games and added weight to Steve Evans’ bid to earn a new deal off controversial owner Massimo Cellino.

Evans remains in the dark as to where his future will be, but says he will not be chasing Cellino for a contract.

“I am ready and waiting to speak to the president when he is ready but I have a couple of Saturdays to go and whether I am staying or not I want to go out with six points,” he said.

“We agreed many months ago that we would have the conversation when he was ready; he is well aware there is (other) interest in me. But when you shake hands as two men and say you’ll focus on the football, I am all right with that.

“Every time we win a match it gives me a better chance of staying – or (finding) another employer.

“I am fortunate I don’t sit here wondering how I will pay my bills and I genuinely want the opportunity to deliver a promotion for Leeds United.”

Evans did add that he would be disappointed to be let go by Cellino, who last week told the media the Scot “talks too much”.

“I don’t think annoyance will come into it,” he said. “Shedding tears would, disappointment would. This is a special club and I love being a part of it. You are very lucky to be associated with it.

“I won’t have to chase the president – we have a good relationship, we have a difference of opinion which is normal. I have made it clear I want to be here but I won’t stay not wanted. You have to be wanted.”

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