LEEDS United fought back from two goals down to record a 3-3 draw at Aston Villa in a gripping Premier League clash last night.

Dan James gave Leeds an early lead, but Philippe Coutinho levelled on the half-hour mark, before assisting Jacob Ramsey twice in five minutes to give the Villans a 3-1 lead just before the break.

But James headed in his second goal in first-half injury-time to give Leeds a foothold back into the contest, and Diego Llorente equalised after 63 minutes to ensure a share of the spoils for the visitors.

Villa had defender Ezri Konsa sent off for his second yellow card late on, but Leeds could not find a last-gasp winner against the 10 men.

The Whites went in front after just nine minutes, when Villa defender Tyrone Mings failed to deal with a ball down the right.

He was robbed by Rodrigo, with the Spaniard finding James in the box.

The Welsh international made space for himself before sliding the ball across Villa stopper Emi Martinez and into the bottom corner.

James then crashed an effort off the crossbar, but Leeds found themselves pegged back when Coutinho latched on to Matty Cash’s low cross from the right and swept it past visiting goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

A brilliant Coutinho turn on the halfway line after 38 minutes saw him make space and slide Ramsey in behind the Leeds defence.

The youngster kept his cool and struck a left-footed effort beyond Meslier from inside the box.

Two minutes before half-time, Coutinho scampered on to a loose ball just inside the Leeds half and found Ramsey in acres of space to his right.

The 20-year-old stayed composed and lashed his shot high above Meslier and into the net.

But in first-half stoppage time, Rodrigo’s low ball into the six-yard box deflected up in the air off Douglas Luiz, and James did brilliantly to out-jump the much taller Mings and nod the ball over the line.

Leeds equalised just after the hour mark, when Mings failed to deal with Pascal Struijk’s header from a deflected cross.

His poor clearance fell nicely for Llorente, who lashed a close-range left-footed effort beyond Martinez.

Meslier was felled by a silly elbow to the back of the head from Konsa following a late Villa corner, and the latter was subsequently dismissed.

Luckily for Villa, the red card did not prove too costly, with both sides having to settle for a point in the end.