Jedinak's Villa net dramatic late penalty to snatch draw with Leeds

Aston Villa took home a point after snatching a 1-1 draw in their thrilling Championship encounter with Leeds courtesy of a penalty in the dying minutes.

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Leeds United's Kemar Roofe (left) and Kalvin Phillips (right) battle for the ball with Aston Villa's Mile Jedinak Source: Press Association

Leeds went into the Villa Park clash occupying a play-off spot and they were on course for a ninth victory in 11 games after Pontus Jansson headed home in the early stages of the second half.

But Jonathan Kodjia confidently dispatched a penalty five minutes from time after Liam Cooper handled in the area to earn Villa a 1-1 draw which preserved their unbeaten home record.

Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak was ever-present in the action, playing 78 minutes before Villa boss Steve Bruce replaced him with striker Rudy Gestede in an effort to add more firepower upfront.

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Leeds were second best in a scrappy first half but as the tempo increased after Jansson's opener the visitors piled on the pressure and twice hit the woodwork as they underlined their promotion credentials.



Villa had their opportunities with Rob Green forced into several fine saves but Monk felt Leeds deserved all three points.

"We got the goal and had two or three really good chances that you have to take," said the United boss. "Had we taken one of them I think we would have won the game quite comfortably.

"But a good team like Aston Villa who are very experienced always stuck in there and had their chances as the game went to and fro towards the end.

"But we really should have put the game to bed, especially in the first 30 minutes of the second half when we were fantastic.

"Credit to my players. Their attitude and sheer will to try win was clear.

"It shows how far we've come that we're disappointed not to win here against a team that have a fantastic record at home.

"We feel they should have had their first defeat tonight but it wasn't to be."

The result was still enough to lift Leeds up to fourth in the table with Villa moving to within five points of the top six.

Villa are now unbeaten in 12 home games in their first season in the Championship and have picked up 25 points in 13 matches since Bruce took over in October.

"I said before the game, it's the best Leeds team I've seen in a good few years," said Bruce. "They're confident, playing well and you can see that in abundance.

"But we stuck at it and got a point out of the game. We might have nicked it and I think that might have been a bit unfair.



"We're still unbeaten at home but we've got a lot of work to do, I'm under no illusions about that.

"We're still a long way away from where we need to be. The balance of the squad is not quite right."

Bruce revealed striker Gestede is on the verge of leaving Villa, with Middlesbrough thought to be the frontrunners for his signature.

"I do believe a Premier League club is talking to us," said Bruce. "I'll know more tonight and tomorrow. We'll see how that develops.

"I've got six centre forwards and I've got to maybe sell one to buy in a midfield player or another defender."


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Published 30 December 2016 at 10:35am
Source: Press Association