L Grabban (29)
A Villa vs Leeds
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7:45pm Friday 13th April
ASTON VILLA 1-0 LEEDS
They play it short in the end and then the whistle is blown! Lewis Grabban's first-half header seals a crucial three points in Villa's pursuit of automatic promotion. Stay tuned for a full report, highlights and reaction!
90+4: FREE-KICK! Right on the edge of the area here...can Adomah make the three points safe?
90+3: Leeds look in no rush to try their luck at this late stage, though they do have a free-kick just inside the Villa half. They look to lump the ball into the box, but Villa break...
90+1: Jedinak lumps forward and Hogan almost gets ahead of Pennington to break through on goal, but Peacock-Farrell races from his line to claim.
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89: Reaching the business end of the game now...can Villa make sure of this narrow victory?
85: CLOSE! Wicked ball in from the left by Taylor, but Pearce defies his age by getting ahead of Snodgrass to nod behind! Adomah then fails to pick out Snodgrass, opting to deliver a pacy cross after leaving Pennington for dead.
SUB! Chris Samba replaces Josh Onomah for the final minutes of the game. Some much needed defensive steel for Villa at the crucial point in the game.
82: The air of anxiety around Villa Park seems to have edged off somewhat, but though Villa attacks are increasing in frequency, the crucial second is yet to follow.
78: SUBS! Another change for Villa as the goalscorer Grabban is replaced by birthday boy Scott Hogan. For Leeds, Lasogga takes the place of Roofe.
76: SAVE! Great stop from Peacock-Farrell once more, but what about the dink from Grealish? He flicks a cheeky ball forward to Adomah, but the young stopper stays strong and beats the ball away.
73: OVER! Snodgrass goes down theatrically under the challenge of Phillips, but the play continues and Grealish strikes over the bar. For the second time this evening, the Scot is chasing a penalty, and for the second time, his appeals are turned down.
70: Onomah's forward pass to Grabban is cut out well by Pearce but nothing comes from the resulting corner. Seconds later, Chester has the chance to turn home from close range, but he fails to meet Grealish's ball!
67: SUB! And there is the Villa sub as Kodjia's first start since October ends as he's replaced by Adomah.
66: Steve Bruce's men just haven't been the same side since the restart and you'd sense a change is coming. Meanwhile, for Leeds there is a change as Grot replaces Alioski.
64: Dallas is untracked as he crosses into the box from the left, but thankfully for Villa, his cross towards Roofe goes unchallenged.
60: OVER! Grealish slips and squanders possession to Alioski who subsequently drives goalwards. He advances further but doesn't pass to any of his surrounding team-mates as he blasts over the bar from distance.
61: CHANCE! Big chance to kill the game for Villa! Grabban forces Peacock-Farrell into a reaction save as he beats the offside trap to meet Snodgrass' cross, before the Leeds stopper pushes Kodjia's effort away from the rebound!
59: CORNER! It's Leeds again...suddenly this game has been blown wide open! Who'll strike next? Vieira pulls the trigger from the edge of the box, and it won't be him who strikes next as Johnstone watches it whistle over the crossbar.
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56: FREE-KICK! Dangerous position for Villa to strike around 25 yards out here and Snodgrass is standing over it...but once more, he strikes a poor free-kick that can't even beat the wall. By the Scot's standard, he knows he can do much, much better.
54: Leeds are seeing a lot more of the ball now and Villa need to step their game up a notch. A slender one-goal lead at this stage is looking a very precarious position to be in.
52: Encouraging signs from the visitors as they earn yet another corner and Pearce gets a fleeting sight of goal from a corner. He flicks it on but the youngster's effort is quite ambitious and he has to watch it drop beyond the byline.
50: Good to see Leeds getting to see some of the ball in the early stages and they'll have an early corner here as Dallas' cross is turned behind.
48: SHOT! Shot from range by Hernandez, but it's still rising well over the bar. Not the manner in which Leeds will net an equaliser, you'd imagine.
46: SUB! Leeds make an early sub as Saiz replaces Ekuban. No word of any injury, however.
SECOND HALF! ASTON VILLA 1-0 LEEDS
We're back underway at Villa Park! Can Villa maintain this important lead? We're about to find out...
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HT: ASTON VILLA 1-0 LEEDS
That's the half. Villa look good value for their lead but they will need to score again to make sure of themselves. Big second half to come...stay tuned!
45: It would certainly be interesting to see the possession stats for this half...
We'll have ONE added minute here.
WATCH: GRABBAN'S OPENER
Here's how the Villa man broke the deadlock at Villa Park...
42: Sustained Villa pressure is proving a real struggle for Leeds to cope with. Grealish's cross from the right goes unchallenged and replays suggest Kodjia was fouled by O'Connor as he went to meet the ball! Nothing given, though.
39: Kodjia is set free, beats the offisde trap and tries his luck in the midst of a crowd of Leeds players. He's got Snodgrass to his right who raises his hands in disappointment as the ball is cleared. A sign of his rustiness, perhaps.
38: Elmohamady's crosses are causing some problems for Leeds this evening, but Peacock-Farrell is alert again to pluck the danger from the air. He's been impressive this evening, so far.
36: They may not have anything left to play for this season, with the play-offs out of reach, but Leeds have offered very, very little in attack this evening.
34: OVER! Top work from Onomah to evade the challenge of Phillips before closing on goal, but he slices well off-target from close range. Big waste of a chance to go two up, that.
33: SHOT! Grealish goes for glory from range as he did in midweek, but this time Peacock-Farrell is aware of the danger and claims with ease. It's been a good start for Villa and the lead is certainly deserved.
GOAL! ASTON VILLA 1-0 LEEDS (Grabban, 29)
That's an important goal for Villa and it's gone to Lewis Grabban! An unmarked Jack Grealish finds space for a cross from the left flank, swings it in and there's Grabban - who has outmuscled Pennington - to head the ball home!
ASTON VILLA 0-0 LEEDS
28: CROSS! Snodgrass lifts a cross into the box but once more his team-mates fail to make the most of the attack. Moments later he swings in a cross to Taylor at the far post, but Dallas is alert to nod behind.
25: NO FOUL! Ekuban manages to get in a rare attacking position for Leeds but seems to be fouled by Jedinak as he turns towards goal. He's adamant he's been unfairly brought down but the referee doesn't flinch.
23: Further pressure from Villa now! Elmohamady forces Peacock-Farrell to clumsily beat away a dangerous cross from the left, but no Villa players take advantage of the loose ball from the rebound! They are certainly knocking on the door...
21: FREE-KICK! Dangerous free-kick on the edge of the area as Snodgrass goes down under the challenge of Hernandez. Replays suggest there was minimal contact...and the delivery is blocked by the wall anyway!
19: SAVE! Expert reading of the game from Peacock-Farrell once more. Villa lump forward towards Kodjia and he just needs a slice of luck to go one-on-one with the stopper, but he rushes off his line to head clear!
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16: Leeds are firmly on the backfoot at the moment, with Villa's brief etched on their minds...win at any cost. There's a momentary worry for Kodjia as he's clattered to the floor by Pennington, but he gets back to his feet unharmed.
14: SAVE! Villa growing into this one now! Snodgrass lines up an effort from range and smacks it goalwards but Peacock-Farrell spots the danger and leaps to his right to palm the danger away!
13: SHOT! Kodjia drifts into the box from the left, drops his shoulder to beat Dallas and pokes at goal but Peacock-Farrell gratefully claims.
12: CHANCES! First sight of goal for the hosts as Grealish cleverly lays off for Snodgrass to deliver a low cross into the area. Kodjia is waiting to divert the ball into the back of the net but Dallas manages to swing the clearance behind, before O'Connor gets the vital touch to prevent Jedinak converting from the corner!
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