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30th Dec, 2016 | 12:33pm

Michael Bridges makes Leeds claim after display against Aston Villa

By Will Butcher

Michael Bridges has excited Leeds fans on Twitter by claiming that a return to the Premier League is very much on the cards.

Former Leeds striker Bridges, 38, was delighted by the Yorkshire giants’ performance against Aston Villa on Thursday night, that saw Leeds earn a 1-1 draw away from home.

Posting on his personal Twitter account, Bridges claimed that the “Mighty Whites” could return to the top tier for the first time since their financial collapse and relegation 12 years ago.

Leeds took the lead in the second half at Villa Park with a superb downward header from on-loan defender Pontus Jansson, before a Liam Cooper handball saw Jonathan Kodjia score from the penalty spot.

The point sees Leeds climb to fourth in the Championship table, with Huddersfield set to face Blackburn on Saturday at the John Smith’s Stadium.

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Garry Monk’s side have lost just once in seven league games as they continue their assault on the top end of the table, despite suffering with numerous injuries.

Bridges was part of the Leeds side that were eventually in relegated in 2004, despite being on loan with Newcastle United in the final year of his five-year stint at Elland Road.

The striker finished his career in Australia, after scoring 21 goals in 82 games for Leeds between 1999 and 2004 during an injury-ravaged spell in Yorkshire.

In other Leeds news, Hadi Sacko has had his say on the 1-1 draw in the Midlands.