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Luke Ayling names previous Leeds win over Aston Villa as favourite ever game

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Luke Ayling names previous Leeds win over Aston Villa as favourite ever game

Luke Ayling has claimed that Leeds United’s win over Aston Villa earlier in the season is his favourite in his career to date.

The Whites produced a stunning second-half comeback to beat Villa away 3-2 back in December in a Championship fixture.

Marcelo Bielsa’s team moved top of the league at the time with a win, as goals from Jack Clarke, Pontus Jansson and Kemar Roofe overturned a two-goal deficit to earn three points.

Leeds and Villa could now be on course for an ultimate meeting at Wembley in a play-off final, but they will have to get past Derby County and West Brom respectively first in a two-legged semi-final.

Ayling was recapping the quality of the team’s performance against Villa and feels they will need something similar going into the play-offs.

The Yorkshire giants commence with the away leg at Derby on Saturday, before the return tie at Elland Road next week.

 

“Probably my favourite ever game this (Villa away),” Ayling said, as quoted by the club’s official Tiwtrer account.

“What a crazy game. To go there and do it, I love that stadium it’s one of my favourite stadiums. The atmosphere was unreal, never-say-die and we are going to need more of that.”

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Leeds have had very little time to dust themselves down after missing out on automatic promotion and the loss to already relegated Wigan on the final day of the league season won’t have done them much help.

But Bielsa’s team have shown throughout the last year they are capable on their day of beating all the top teams in the Championship and it’s good to be reminded of that ahead of crunch fixtures.

They have the best head-to-head record over the course of the season out of the four teams in the play-offs and shouldn’t fear any of them.

Leeds are desperate to seal a return to the Premier League and Saturday’s first leg away to Derby is the biggest game in recent history for the club.

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