Leon Bailey (ex-Racing Genk) has given Aston Villa the three points and a place right in the middle of the Premier League table with a nice goal against Leeds (2-1).
In the third minute, the Jamaican winger, who showed his tricks at Racing Genk for a year and a half, gave Aston Villa the lead. He completed a quick counter-attack after a great run from Boubacar Kamara. The finish was also there. That early lead got on Leeds’ nerves as the first half progressed.
For Bailey’s goal was Villa’s only attempt on goal in a first half that saw Leeds claim two penalties, see a Rodrigo goal disallowed for offside and miss some big chances. Crazy Argentina World Cup hero Emiliano Martinez shook off a fantastic reflex from his gloves to prevent Jack Harrison from scoring from close range.
In the second half, Unai Emery’s troops showed improvement and also took a 2-0 lead. Emiliano Buendia’s goal was first ruled out for offside, but the VAR corrected that.
A great Wilfried Gnonto put a ball back ten minutes before the end on Patrick Bamford, who had just returned from injury and who scored the connecting goal. That was it.
Leeds are just two points above the relegation zone, Villa are advancing to eleventh place. The Villains did lose two key players through injury: Lucas Digne and Ollie Watkins.