Championship play-off: Aston Villa to face Fulham for Premier League spot

Sheila Mcguire
May 16, 2018

Aston Villa paid tribute to former defender Jlloyd Samuel, who died in a auto crash at just 37 on Tuesday, as a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough at Villa Park booked their place in the Championship playoff final.

Mile Jedinak's header in last weekend's first-leg against Boro decided the tie, after the teams played out a tense 0-0 draw in Tuesday's second leg at Villa Park.

Aston Villa defender John Terry has praised his teammates for putting in "two very good performances" in their Championship playoff semi-final victory over Middlesbrough.

"Unbelievable, incredible, the support, the lads, the dressing room is unbelievable".

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Boss Bruce, who brought Terry to the club, also hailed the senior players after admitting he inherited a club in a mess following relegation when he was appointed in October 2016. "But the boys have been superb and we're off to Wembley with one more to go".

"There's a great team spirit among the boys".

"We just shaded it over the two games, with a goal from a set-piece", Bruce said.

Villa came close through Lewis Grabban and Conor Hourihane and were comfortable against a poor Boro side.

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Stewart Downing hit the bar for Middlesbrough late on but they did not register a shot on target.

"The teams that have finished third and fourth over a season have got to Wembley and that's justification, if anything", Pulis told Sky Sports.

"In both games you need things to go for you and tonight there are one or two decisions which have not gone for us".

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