In an incredible performance, Leon Bailey was named man of the match for Aston Villa as his heroics help to secure all three points to move Villa up to 11th in the English Premier League (EPL).
Leon Bailey’s early goal on the break gave Unai Emery’s team an early advantage at Villa Park. The host had to repel Leeds before Emiliano Buendia doubled the lead in the second half after more impressive work by Bailey, who played a significant role in both goals.
The Jamaican ace added to his tally of four goals and two assists after 19 matches for the Villans so far this season.
The game started brightly for Leeds, but they were punished within three minutes on the counter-attack by some brilliant play from Villa, which caused Leeds to get caught off guard.
Having picked up a great pass from Ashley Young, Boubacar Kamara fed Bailey in the right channel, and he finished superbly into the far corner with an audacious strike. As of right now, Bailey has scored all three of his home goals within less than ten minutes of play, proving to be a quick starter for the team.
In the second half, Leeds United was exposed once again by Bailey, who skidded inside and fired off a shot that was too hot for Meslier, as a result, Buendia nodded in the rebound from a seemingly offside position, but the replays showed he wasn’t offside.
However, Leeds’s main attacker Bamford who has been struggling with injuries this season came off the bench to give the Jesse March-coached side some hope of securing a point. But that was all Leeds United could muster up as Villa managed to see out the final minutes unfazed.
Bailey made up for his last-minute miss against Wolves in their last EPL match, which left him in tears as he could have secured all three points with this superb performance. Aston Villa is now just eight points away from European Football qualifying spots, which is their goal this season. Aston Villa’s next match is against cell dwellers Southhampton in the (EPL) on the 21st of January.
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