Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Aston Villa v Middlesbrough: Championship play-off semi-final

Aston Villa v Middlesbrough: Championship play-off semi-final

But Fulham will have another chance to return to the top flight in the play-off final, after beating Derby 2-1 over two legs in the play-off semi final.

Regardless, Aston Villa are going to Wembley on the 26th of May.

For all his impressive performances this season, which has seen him linked with a move to the Premier League, Adama Traore truly failed to pull it off when it mattered most for his side.

At the heart of that defence was former Chelsea and England centre back John Terry who joined the club past year on a free transfer and whose appointment as captain appears to have had a significant impact.

Only champions Wolverhampton Wanderers and runners-up Cardiff City have conceded fewer goals than Aston Villa in the Championship this season, with both conceding 39 in 46 games.

From then on, Villa comfortably held out to make it to the final.

Mile Jedinak's first-leg header ultimately settled the tie on Saturday as the sides slugged out a scrappy stalemate at Villa Park.

Tony Pulis will be all too acutely aware Villa have lost only one of their past 10 home games at Villa Park, winning seven and drawing two. Boro boss Tony Pulis said: 'Obviously if there's any chance of Dani playing, he's going to play'.

Boro got off to a better start in the second half and signaled their intent early on, with Muhamed Besic firing just wide of the target after 52 minutes.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce is your guy if you want to get out of the Championship, and is one win away from bringing a fifth side into the Premier League.

Bruce was appointed in October 2016, with Villa 19th, and has previously questioned the mentality and ability of some players to handle the pressure.

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