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30th Dec, 2016 | 11:46am

Tony Xia delivers verdict on Aston Villa stalemate with Leeds

By Emma Sanders

Dr Tony Xia claims Aston Villa could have taken all three points in the 1-1 draw against Leeds on Thursday evening.

The Aston Villa owner and chairman delivered his verdict on Twitter following the thrilling Championship encounter at Villa Park and he felt his side were hard done by.

Xia claimed Robert Green, Leeds’ number one, made two “unbelievable saves” to deny Aston Villa but admitted his side were helped out by the woodwork.

Leeds took the lead through Pontus Jansson in the second half but Liam Cooper’s handball in the area gave Villa a dramatic late penalty.

Jonathan Kodjia took advantage and equalised from the spot in the 86th minute and Villa ensured their impressive unbeaten run at home was maintained.

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The draw has left Leeds sitting in fourth place in the league table, though the the other teams in the top six still have a game in hand left to play.

Villa are just seven points below Garry Monk’s side and they sit in ninth place after a recent surge of results under Steve Bruce has seen them soar up the table.

Bruce’s side were relegated from the Premier League last season and they will be hoping to secure promotion straight back into the top flight through the play-offs.

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