Aston Villa were held to a 3-3 draw by Leeds Utd on Wednesday night in a thrilling encounter between the two sides.
Dan James gave the visitors an early lead after just nine minutes, as he capitalised on Tyrone Mings failing to clear the ball in a scrappy passage of play before firing the ball into the far corner past Emiliano Martinez.
While it took Villa time to regroup and settle back into the game having made a bright start, we burst into life on the half-hour mark as Philippe Coutinho produced a fine finish to bring us level.
Jacob Ramsey then scored twice in the space of five minutes to put us 3-1 up, with both assists coming from Coutinho, as Villa looked to be in full flow and running away with the game.
However, more woeful defending eventually allowed Leeds to secure a share of the spoils, with James scoring just before half-time in a crucial moment in the game, before Diego Llorente got on the scoresheet after the break to force a draw.
Ezri Konsa was sent off in the final few minutes after a second bookable offence, with Villa left disappointed despite an entertaining clash with Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Coutinho, Ramsey goals and highlights
As seen in the video below, there was real quality to Villa’s goals with Coutinho at the heart of all three.
Firstly, the Brazilian produced a top-class finish after Matty Cash’s cut-back ball into the box as he fired in an accurate shot, before he then turned provider as he played Ramsey in twice with two superb through-balls.
The vision and execution was brilliant from Coutinho, and it’s hoped that he’s only just starting to hit his stride now and will continue to be a major influence for Villa in the final third in the weeks and months ahead.
As for Ramsey, he showed great composure and quality in front of goal with his brace, and he continues to mature and develop into a top player with a big future for us.
Similarly to Coutinho, it’s hoped that this is just the start from him as he has certainly picked up his numbers in the last three games, with the pair also linking up well throughout the game and leading our charge in an enthralling encounter with Leeds.