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Leeds United 1-1 Aston Villa

Henri Lansbury scores for Aston Villa as Leeds United's Liam Cooper tries to make the block
Henri Lansbury's goal was his first for Aston Villa since signing from Nottingham Forest in January

Henri Lansbury's second-half goal helped Aston Villa extend their unbeaten run to four Championship games with a draw at Leeds United.

Leeds were much the better side in the first half, and Pontus Jansson's header gave them a deserved lead.

Villa improved after the break, and Felix Wiedwald had to react sharply to deny Albert Adomah from equalising.

But Lansbury secured a point for Villa as he found the bottom corner of the net from just outside the box.

Neither side was able to create a clear chance late on, with Leeds managing just one shot on target in the 90 minutes despite their first-half dominance.

The hosts were deprived of their most threatening option late in the first half when Pablo Hernandez, whose sublime corner-kick delivery had set up Jansson's opener, was forced off with a leg injury.

Lansbury and Jack Grealish's introduction from the substitutes bench helped turn the game in favour of Steve Bruce's favour, with the latter setting the former up for his first goal in an Aston Villa shirt.

But the visitors were unable to break through again to earn a fourth successive win, as they remained fourth in the table.

Leeds, meanwhile, climb to seventh and are two points adrift of sixth-placed Derby, who face near neighbours Burton on Saturday.

Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen told BBC Radio Leeds:

"I was proud and satisfied with the performance of the team, how they understood how we had to face this game against one of the strongest teams in this league.

"In the second half, we did not have the ball so much, we were not so aggressive in the opposite half, we didn't play in the opposition half and then the goal comes from two rebounds. It's bad luck.

"One month ago we would have lost this game because we would have gone up with four, five or six players and forgotten about defending so that was cleverness from my players to understand that and to take that message."

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC WM:

"We know it's never going to be easy to come here, in front of 30,000, so I suppose you'd take a point.

"I was delighted with the response, because we were better in the second half. Grealish and Lansbury gave us that little bit of impetus, and that's important because we've missed them, they've both had big injuries.

"I thought in the second half we were much better, and the only team that was going to win it was possibly us."

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Wiedwald
  • 2Ayling
  • 18JanssonBooked at 74mins
  • 6Cooper
  • 28Berardi
  • 25Vieira
  • 23Phillips
  • 10AlioskiSubstituted forGrotat 90+4'minutes
  • 21SáizBooked at 77mins
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forRoofeat 42'minutes
  • 45EkubanSubstituted forSackoat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lonergan
  • 5Pennington
  • 7Roofe
  • 8Anita
  • 11Grot
  • 24Sacko
  • 35Shaughnessy

Aston Villa

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Johnstone
  • 21HuttonBooked at 90mins
  • 4Samba
  • 5Chester
  • 3Taylor
  • 7SnodgrassBooked at 45mins
  • 6Whelan
  • 14HourihaneBooked at 28minsSubstituted forGrealishat 65'minutes
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forEl Mohamadyat 90+1'minutes
  • 18OnomahSubstituted forLansburyat 65'minutes
  • 39Davis

Substitutes

  • 2de Laet
  • 8Lansbury
  • 10Grealish
  • 13Steer
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 24Elphick
  • 27El Mohamady
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
30,547

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 1, Aston Villa 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Aston Villa 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Jay-Roy Grot replaces Ezgjan Alioski.

  4. Booking

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

  7. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  8. Post update

    Delay in match Luke Ayling (Leeds United) because of an injury.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Ahmed El Mohamady replaces Albert Adomah.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Pontus Jansson (Leeds United).

  11. Post update

    Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Hadi Sacko replaces Caleb Ekuban.

  13. Post update

    Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

  16. Post update

    Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Luke Ayling (Leeds United).

  18. Post update

    Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Caleb Ekuban (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves19142340172344
2Cardiff20134330141643
3Sheff Utd19121632211137
4Aston Villa20106429181136
5Bristol City1997330201034
6Derby199552921832
7Leeds209383025530
8Middlesbrough198562418629
9Ipswich199283128329
10Nottm Forest1990102629-327
11Sheff Wed196852321226
12Fulham196852524126
13Preston196852221126
14Brentford195952826224
15Norwich206681826-824
16Reading196582323023
17QPR195772228-622
18Barnsley195592328-520
19Millwall194781920-119
20Hull194693235-318
21Birmingham1944111028-1816
22Sunderland192892535-1014
23Burton1935111237-2514
24Bolton1927101636-2013
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