Date: 30th December 2016 at 7:21am
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By Dominic Toner

Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood played 90 minutes against Leeds on Thursday night – and his performance divided opinions among the club’s supporters on Twitter.

The 26-year-old was recalled to the starting line-up by manager Steve Bruce for his 21st appearances of the season in the Championship clash.

Villa earned a 1-1 home draw against play-off contenders Leeds as Jonathan Kodjia scored an 86th minute penalty to cancel out a Pontus Jansson goal for the visitors.

The Midlands giants moved up to ninth in the league table with a point and are five points adrift of the play-off places.

Westwood’s performance was a major talking point with Villa fans on Twitter arguing contrasting views.

Here is a selection of their messages:

https://twitter.com/MikeeyAVFC/status/814590176718651392

https://twitter.com/stockalljnr/status/814591043144450048

Westwood moved to Villa Park in 2012 from Crewe and has made 160 appearances for the club.

The central midfielder is defensively-minded and has scored just five goals during his Villa career.

He was a part of the disappointing relegation from the Premier League last season and made 37 appearances across all competitions, but opted to stay with the struggling club in the summer.

Bruce has enjoyed a strong turnaround since his appointment mid-season and is hopeful the club can still challenge for promotion after a poor start under ex-manager Roberto Di Matteo.

Westwood has continued to be an important player for Villa this season and is expected to stay in the first-team set-up despite his critics.

In other Aston Villa news, the club’s attacker should be sold in January is one of the three things learned against Leeds.