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Recall stopped me leaving says Wolves midfielder Lee Evans

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Goalscorer Lee Evans today admitted his Wolves recall has stopped him leaving Molineux.

The 19-year-old midfielder, who scored the second goal in Saturday's 2-0 win against Preston, revealed he thought he might have had to seek a loan move if his exile continued.

Evans appeared for the first time in 13 league games at the weekend after fearing he would have to follow fellow development graduates Zeli Ismail and Michael Ihiekwe out of the door on loan.

The pair joined League Two sides Burton Albion and Cheltenham respectively for a month last week.

"I was thinking if I continued not getting a kick, I'd have to go elsewhere like Zeli Ismail and Michael Ihiekwe, just to get some football," said Evans.

"If I wasn't getting the chance, then I needed to play football.

"So I was just happy to get out there and play and score.

"As people might have seen from my goal celebration, a lot of frustration came out.

"But the gaffer said I've always been in his plans and I've been close to playing a few times.

"It's been 13 games since I last played so it was just nice to be back out there.

"Hopefully I repaid his faith by playing and getting the goal.

"It's been a long time out – the last time was against Oldham in the FA Cup so it's been frustrating."

As for his second goal for the club, Evans admitted he enjoyed a slice of fortune after starting the move that led to James Henry's shot parried by keeper Declan Rudd.

"It just came back to me and I gave it my best scuff ever and it just dribbled in!" he said.

"Another ref might have given a foul when I won it back in the first place but I won it and just burst into the box.

"The gaffer said myself and Edo (Dave Edwards had the licence to break through and get past their defence, which I think the pair of us did quite well."

Evans admitted Wolves needed the cushion of a second goal.

"Definitely. At 1-0, you never know what can happen, especially with the likes of Kevin Davies coming in for them," he said.

"It could have been a backs-to-the-wall job so it was good to get a second goal to give us the breathing space."