By Russell Edge

2nd Dec, 2017 | 5:11pm

Eddie Gray blasts Leeds stars for one thing after failing to win against Aston Villa

Leeds United legend Eddie Gray has criticised the Whites’ players for allowing their performance to drop in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Friday night.

Thomas Christiansen’s side had taken the lead against Steve Bruce’s men thanks to a first half header from Pontus Jansson, his first goal of the season, but found themselves pegged back by the Villans in the second 45 minutes.

Substitute Henri Lansbury found the back of the net with a low, drilled effort from outside the box, which drifted past the outstretched fingertips of Felix Wiedwald and into the goal via a deflection off the inside of the post.

It meant that the Whites had to share the points with Villa, and he says that Thomas Christiansen will be having serious words with the players after seeing a drop in the quality of performance in the second half.

Speaking to LUTV via the club’s official website, the Leeds icon said: “If we played the same (as the first half), we would have taken the three points, no doubt about that.

“He (Christiansen) will try to emphasise to the players though the game doesn’t last for 45 minutes, it lasts for 90 or 95 minutes so you need to maintain the form throughout the game.

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“Give the opposition some credit as they picked up their game.”

The result means Leeds have picked up two wins, a draw and a defeat in their last four matches, after a dreadful run of form which saw Christiansen and his men lose seven of their nine league matches.

After most of the weekend’s fixtures, Leeds sit in eighth, four points off Bristol City, who have a game in hand, in the last of the play off places.

In other Leeds United news, Thomas Christiansen has delivered a critical update on the double injury blow suffered against Villa.

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