By Russell Edge

2nd Dec, 2017 | 8:48pm

'A doddle' - Steve Bruce makes bold claim over Aston Villa clash v Leeds

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has said his side’s clash against Leeds United on Friday night would have been fitting for any league in the world.

The Whites took the lead at Elland Road, with Pontus Jansson netting a first half header, his first goal of the current campaign, to ensure that Thomas Christiansen’s men went into half time with a goal advantage.

However the second half saw Villa come back at the home side, with substitute Henri Lansbury, who has recently come back from a knee injury, scoring the equaliser through a low shot from outside the box which deflected off the inside of the post and into the back of the net.

Bruce was full of admiration for both sides, not just for the way they played on Friday but for how they are competing in a competition as difficult as the Championship, and made the bold claim that it was a fixture fit for any league.

He was quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post as saying: “Leeds United against Aston Villa would grace any league.

“It’s never going to be easy coming here and their tails are up a bit in front of 30-odd thousand

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“People think the Championship is a doddle, especially if you’ve been in the Premier League. But there’s two teams that have come down this year that are in the bottom five.

“I’m under no illusions how difficult it is even for a club like Leeds or Villa. But both teams are very decent and in a good position to threaten the top end of the division.”

The result, coupled with the scores from Saturday’s games, mean that Villa have slipped from fourth to fifth in the Championship table, with Bristol City leapfrogging them.

Leeds meanwhile are sitting in eighth, five points off the play off spots and six points behind Villa, and 14 points adrift of league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In other Aston Villa news, fans were left raving over the display of this midfield maestro against Leeds.

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