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Andy Townsend labels Liam Cooper "silly" after Leeds draw

Garry Monk manager of Leeds United

Leeds United were held to a 1-1 draw by Aston Villa in Birmingham on Thursday night.

Jonathan Kodjia slotted an 86th-minute penalty as Aston Villa denied Leeds United a win at Villa Park on Thursday night.

Leeds looked all set to win all three points and do the double over Aston Villa - whom they beat 2-0 at Elland Road earlier this month - when Pontus Jansson headed the visitors ahead on 54 minutes.

But Liam Cooper was ajudged to have handled the ball inside United's penalty area in the closing minutes of normal time, and Kodjia made no mistake from the spot.

Leeds United's Liam Cooper

It initially looked a rather soft decision and referee Roger East consulted his officials before awarding it, but Andy Townsend told BBC Sport that it was still "silly" by Cooper to have his hand up.

"Rudy Gestede was always getting there and Liam Cooper offers his arm up to do. It was a silly thing to do as there was no pace on the ball," Townsend told BBC Sport.

"It was good work from the officials in the end as the assistant referee had the confidence to keep waving his flag and ensure the penalty was given."

Leeds United's Liam Cooper and Fulham's Cauley Woodrow in action

Cooper was deputising for the injured Kyle Bartley and Leeds fans could justifiably believe that they would have held on had the Swansea City loanee played.

Nevertheless, it was a good point and Whites manager Garry Monk - whose side now sit fourth in the Championship - would have taken a draw before kickoff.

The Villans had won all five of their previous home matches.

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