By Russell Edge

2nd Dec, 2017 | 7:15pm

Leeds star Alioski reveals he was surprised by Aston Villa in draw

Leeds United star Ezgjan Alioski has revealed he was surprised by Aston Villa’s lack of quality in the two sides’ 1-1 draw on Friday.

The Whites had taken the lead against Villa at Elland Road thanks to a first half header from Pontus Jansson, his first goal of the season, but allowed the visitors back into the game in the second half.

It was substitute Henri Lansbury who grabbed the equaliser, breaking through the midfield before rifling off a shot from outside the box which drifted past the fingertips of Felix Wiedwald and into the back of the net via a deflection off the inside of the post.

Despite sharing the points with Steve Bruce and his men, Alioski, who had scored four goals in as many games for Leeds prior to Friday, said he had expected more from the Villans and that they did not live up to the highlight reels he had watched before the clash.

He told LUTV via Leeds’ official website: “We can say, okay we take that point but it was better to take three points.

“I saw an Aston Villa who didn’t play like in the videos or the highlights and we know they are better.

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“It was difficult for them to play against us as we did good things from the first minute and it was not easy for Villa.

“We tried to win the game but at the end we will take the point.”

The result means Leeds have picked up seven points from a possible twelve in recent weeks, with the draw following wins over Barnsley and Middlesbrough as well as a defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

They are currently sitting eighth in England’s second tier, four points off the play offs after the majority of Saturday’s matches.

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

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