Christiansen pinpoints turning point in Leeds draw v Aston Villa, raves about attacker
Thomas Christiansen has suggested that the “quality” of the Aston Villa squad was what was able to see them come from behind to earn a draw against Leeds United at Elland Road on Friday night.
The Whites took a lead when Hernandez assisted Pontus Jansson’s goal in the 19th minute, but just before the half-time break the Spaniard was substituted off with an injury, and Christiansen has suggested that may have had an impact on the rest of the game.
After the game, the Leeds manager played down the seriousness of Hernandez’s injury, hinting that his substitution was more precautionary than anything, but he still took the time to rave about his performance.
However it seems that the Dane has rued that moment for changing the outlook of the game while also praising the standard that Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa side set after the break.
“He’s very important with the ball and without the ball,” said Christiansen, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“He’s intelligent and he was a loss for us in the second half.
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“I believe (the swing in momentum) was a little bit because of their quality but also about us needing to keep the ball. That’s what we missed but I cannot complain.”
Hernandez has made 21 appearances across all competitions for Leeds this season with the attacker scoring four goals and supplying five assists in the process.
Christiansen has always played his cards close to his chest when revealed crucial injury information so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the former Swansea winger unavailable for next week’s clash against QPR even though he has played down his setback.
Following Friday night’s draw with the Villains, Leeds moved up to seventh in the Championship table are are just two points outside the play-off spots.
However they can potentially drop down to ninth over the rest of the weekend.
In other Leeds United news, fans were raving over the display of this summer signing against Villa.