Aston Villa’s rise beneath Unai Emery continued with a 2-1 win over a luckless Leeds at Villa Park on Saturday (AEDT).
Leon Bailey and Emi Buendia struck early in both half as Villa bounced again from a shock FA Cup exit to League Two Stevenage final weekend.
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Patrick Bamford pulled a purpose again for Leeds seven minutes from time, however defeat leaves Jesse Marsch’s males nonetheless simply two factors above the relegation zone.
The guests have been left to rue a bunch of wasted possibilities, the primary of which led to the opening purpose as Marc Roca failed to attach when unmarked from a nook.
Villa quickly broke clear on the counter-attack and Boubacar Kamara teed up Bailey to curve into the highest nook after simply three minutes.
Thereafter, Leeds dominated the primary half however a mix of poor ending, fortune and the impressed type of Emiliano Martinez within the Villa purpose stored them at bay.
Emi Buendia celebrates scoring the winner for Aston Villa. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
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Rodrigo did evade the Argentine World Cup winner, however his goalbound effort was cleared off the road by Villa debutant Alex Moreno.
Jack Harrison appeared sure to equalise when he stormed in to satisfy Luke Ayling’s cross on the again publish solely to be denied by a shocking response save from Martinez.
Rodrigo lastly did have the ball within the Villa web in first-half stoppage time, however the Spaniard had strayed fractionally offside within the build-up to the purpose.
The sample continued early within the second interval as extra heroics have been wanted from Martinez to show behind a curling effort from the spectacular Willy Gnonto.
But Leeds have been hit with one other sucker punch when Illan Meslier might solely parry Bailey’s highly effective drive and Buendia headed the rebound over the French goalkeeper.
Villa’s celebrations have been initially minimize quick by the offside flag, however the purpose was given after a VAR evaluate.
Gnonto lastly had one thing to indicate for a superb show when the younger Italian worldwide confirmed his energy earlier than teeing up Bamford to slam residence on his first look since October.
But it was too little, too late for Leeds as their winless run prolonged to seven video games.
Villa keep in eleventh however transfer stage on factors with Chelsea as they shut in on the highest half.
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