Aston Villa player ratings against Leeds United: Substitutes help to salvage a point

Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia scores their first goal from the penalty spot

Jonathan Kodjia's late penalty cancelled out Pontus Jansson's headed opener as Steve Bruce's side drew 1-1 with Garry Monk's men at Villa Park on Thursday night.

Mark Bunn 5.5/10 – Produced a decent save to keep out Hadi Sacko late on but must shoulder the blame for Pontus Jansson’s 54th-minute opener after letting the Swede’s header squeeze past him.

Alan Hutton 6.5/10 – Very active up and down the right flank and managed to keep Stuart Dallas relatively quiet for most of the evening. His crossing, however, left a lot to be desired.

James Chester 7/10 – The Wales international produced another solid performance while wearing the armband, racking up a team-leading seven clearances and impressing with his passing out of the back.

Nathan Baker 5.5/10 – After proving arguably Villa’s best player over recent weeks, the 25-year-old defender had a difficult night up against Leeds’ attack and let Jansson wriggle free of his marking on the opening goal.

Jordan Amavi 5/10 – Nearly gifted Leeds a late winner with a bad error and had several other shaky moments throughout the match. Not up to the same standard as his previous few performances.

Leeds' Chris Wood in action with Aston Villa's Jordan Amavi

Mile Jedinak 6/10 – Provided plenty of physicality in the middle but was extremely sloppy in possession, completing just 23 of his 45 passes before going off with 12 minutes remaining.

Ashley Westwood 6.5/10 – Certainly could've offered more going forward but was defensively sound and full of running throughout the 90 minutes. A much-needed showing given some of the recent criticism he's received.

Leandro Bacuna 6/10 – Worked hard out on the flank but failed to get involved as much as he would have liked attacking-wise.

Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna in action with Leeds' Liam Bridcutt

Jack Grealish 6/10 – Forced off only three minutes into the second half after picking up a knock shortly before the break. Had been blowing hot and cold up to that point.

Jordan Ayew 5/10 – Struggled to offer much in the final third and didn’t provide enough protection for Amavi. With rumours of interest in his signature from China, this wasn’t the kind of performance that will convince Bruce to keep him around.

Jonathan Kodjia 6.5/10 – Kept relatively quiet after a few early chances but took his penalty well to secure Villa a share of the points.


Ross McCormack (Grealish 48) 7/10 – Showed his worth with an encouraging outing off the bench, picking out some nice passes and getting into good space to help keep the Leeds defence on its toes.

Rudy Gestede (Jedinak 78) 6.5/10 – Caused real problems for the opposition with his size and strength as the spot-kick resulted from him pressuring Liam Cooper into handling the ball.

Albert Adomah (Ayew 78) 7/10 – Helped change the game with his pace and crossing during the closing stages.

Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia celebrates scoring their first goal

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