Match Report: Aston Villa 2-3 Leeds

Leeds United came from two goals down at half-time to pull off a stunning 3-2 victory at Aston Villa on Sunday.

The result moves the Whites back to the top of the Championship at the halfway point whilst Dean Smith’s side are down in 11th, five points outside of the play-off places over Christmas.

Aston Villa made an excellent start to the game, taking the lead inside five minutes when Tammy Abraham tapped-home from close range before Conor Hourihane’s well-placed left-footed curler found the corner on 17 minutes.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side never looked out of the game even when they went into the break at 0-2.

The Villans were on top for the opening minutes of the second half before an excellent solo effort from half-time substitute Jack Clarke reduced the deficit. The 18-year-old cut in from the left wing, gliding past the static villa defence before finishing across Orjan Nyland into the far corner.

This was the start in a change of momentum, as five minutes later, on the hour, Pontus Jansson headed home Pablo Hernandez’s corner.

Leeds were largely on top for the remaining half hour though Aston Villa did produce the occasional counter-attack, albeit leading to nothing.

Kemar Roofe completed the comeback five minutes into stoppage time following Ahmed Elmohamady poor headed clearance. The Leeds striker netted his 11th Championship goal of the season to put Bielsa’s side top of the table on Christmas Day.

Aston Villa will travel to Swansea City on Boxing Day whilst Leeds United host Blackburn Rovers as part of the busy Christmas fixture list.