Liam Cooper delivers Leeds verdict after Aston Villa stalemate
By Dominic Toner
Leeds defender Liam Cooper admitted he was “gutted” following the club’s 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Thursday night.
The Whites seemed to be heading for three away points following Pontus Jansson’s headed goal in the second-half.
However, Cooper was penalised for a hand ball in the penalty area and Jonathan Kodjia scored an 86th minute equaliser from the spot.
Leeds winger Hadi Sacko struck the crossbar late on as Garry Monk’s side pushed for a winner, but the two teams shared the points.
Cooper revealed his disappointment on Twitter following the draw and is targeting a comeback in their next game against Rotherham.
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“Gutted is an understatement can only apologise and move on! Fans were different class. Big game Monday. Get back to winning ways,” Cooper wrote on his personal Twitter account.
Gutted is an understatement can only apologise and move on! Fans were different class.. Big game Monday! Get back to winning ways! #MOT
— Liam Cooper (@LiamCooper__) December 29, 2016
Leeds moved up to fourth in the league table with a point and are involved in a tight battle for the play-off positions, with seventh-placed Derby just three points behind them.
The Yorkshire club are now unbeaten in their last four games and will be expected to extend that run against bottom of the league Rotherham on Monday.
Cooper was handed a rare start against Villa as regular centre-back Kyle Bartley missed out due to a minor injury.
The 25-year-old has proved a useful squad player for Monk this season and delivered another strong performance against Villa, but will be upset with the penalty incident.
In other Leeds news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to Jansson’s performance against Villa.