Eddie Gray picks turning point in Leeds United v Aston Villa

Mark Viduka of Leeds walks past caretaker manager Eddie Gray after being sent off during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United at The Reebok...

Leeds United failed to win against Aston Villa at Elland Road in the Championship on Friday.

Leeds Manager Eddie Gray looks dejected during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Highbury on April 16, 2004 in London.

Eddie Gray has told LUTV that the turning point in the game between Leeds United and Aston Villa was the injury suffered by Pablo Hernandez.

Hernandez started the Championship match for Leeds against Villa at Elland Road on Friday evening and was substituted in the 42nd minute.

The Spanish attacking midfielder was playing well until he got injured, and Villa stepped up their game in the second half.

Leeds manager Eddie Gray (2nd from R) shouts instructions during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Fulham and Leeds United at Loftus Road on March 13, 2004 in London.

The Whites took the lead through Sweden international defender Pontus Jansson in the 19th minute, but Henri Lansbury scored the equaliser for the Villans on 71 minutes.

Leeds legend Gray was following the match, and the 69-year-old former Scotland international winger believes that the injury to Hernandez changed the game.

Eddie Gray Leeds Caretaker Manager looks on during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Leeds United and Chelsea at Elland Road on December 6, 2003 in Leeds, England.

Gray told LUTV: “Without being disrespectful to anybody, I think the changing point in the game was Pablo Hernandez getting injured.”

Hernandez was looking very creative against Villa, and his absence was felt by the West Yorkshire outfit in the second period.

Even then, a point against playoff-chasing Villa is not a bad result, and Leeds should be pleased with the final result.

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