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30th Dec, 2016 | 11:24am

Garry Monk delivers verdict after Leeds draw v Aston Villa

By Emma Sanders

Garry Monk believes Leeds should have defeated Aston Villa on Thursday evening and was left feeling frustrated despite his side producing a “fantastic” display in the second half.

Leeds took the lead through Pontus Jansson in the second half but they had other opportunities to add a second goal, with the centre-back also hitting the crossbar a couple of minutes after scoring.

A mistake from Liam Cooper proved costly in the end as his handball earned Villa a penalty in the 85th minute and Jonathan Kodjia equalised from the spot kick.

It meant Aston Villa maintained their unbeaten home record and Monk’s side were unable to clinch their four successive victory in the Championship.

“We got the goal and had two or three really good chances that you have to take. Had we taken one of them I think we would have won the game quite comfortably,” said Monk, as quoted by the Express.

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“Both teams were creating but we really should have put the game to bed, especially in the first 30 minutes of the second half when we were fantastic.”

Leeds currently sit in fourth place in the Championship table and remain unbeaten in their last four fixtures after a run of great form.

They are now just nine points off league leaders Brighton, who still have a game in hand and the two teams will face each other in March.

Leeds return to action in the new year when they take on Rotherham on Monday evening in the first clash at Elland Road in 2017.

In other Leeds news, fans reacted on Twitter to Pontus Jansson’s performance v Villa.