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30th Dec, 2016 | 2:12pm

Paul McGrath delivers his verdict after Aston Villa draw against Leeds

By Amir Mir

Paul McGrath expressed his relief on Twitter after Aston Villa recorded a 1-1 draw against Leeds on Thursday evening.

Striker Jonathan Kodjia scored a late penalty to secure a much-needed point against their promotion rivals at Villa Park.

Defender Pontus Jansson had given the away side the lead early in the second half when his header scrambled over the line.

The Sweden international could have doubled his tally moments later, but he was denied by the woodwork.

With four minutes to go on the clock, Whites centre-back Liam Cooper handled in the penalty area to give the home team a lifeline which Kodjia duly dispatched.

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After the games, club legend McGrath posted this message about the result on his personal Twitter account.

The goal for Kodjia was his ninth in 19 games for the club following his summer move from Bristol City for an initial fee of £11 million.

Kodjia has been called up by the Ivory Coast for the African Cup of Nations which starts on January 14.

He is set to miss crucial matches for his club side as they prepare for games against Tottenham in the FA Cup and Midlands rivals Wolves in the coming weeks.

At this moment in time, Bruce’s men are five points off the top six places as they sit in ninth place after 24 matches.

They travel to Wales on January 2 to take on Neil Warnock’s Cardiff, who they beat in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season.

In other Aston Villa news, this senior players performance against Leeds divided opinion on Twitter.