Leeds United fans react on Twitter to Liam Cooper's Aston Villa performance

Leeds' Liam Cooper remonstrates with the assistant referee after a penalty was awarded to Aston Villa

The defender's late handball gave Aston Villa a chance to equalise against Leeds United.

Jonathan Kodjia's late penalty rescued a point for Aston Villa and took two away from Leeds United after an entertaining second half of the two sides' Championship encounter at Villa Park on Thursday.

Pontus Jansson's header put Leeds 1-0 up shortly after half-time before the Swede struck the crossbar with a sweet half-volley moments later.

Leeds' Pontus Jansson scores their first goalLeeds' Pontus Jansson opens the scoring

Villa rallied, though, and were quite literally handed a lifeline when the ball was adjudged to have touched Liam Cooper's arm inside the box, and Kodjia made him pay.

Leeds' Liam Cooper remonstrates with the assistant referee after a penalty was awarded to Aston VillaLeeds' Liam Cooper remonstrates with the assistant referee who awarded the penalty

Cooper was a surprise inclusion for Leeds - who were without Kyle Bartley to injury - making only his second Championship start since August. And, according to many Whites fans on Twitter, there is a good reason for that.

Here is what they have had to say about the Yorkshireman's performance:

Despite Kodjia's goal, the result saw Leeds climb a place to fourth, above Huddersfield Town, albeit having played a game more than their local rivals, while Villa leapfrog Barnsley into ninth.

Does Cooper deserve another chance at Elland Road?

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