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Championship play-off match report Aston Villa v Middlesbrough 15 May 2018

Championship play-off match report Aston Villa v Middlesbrough 15 May 2018

Steve Bruce's side will now face Fulham on May 26 at Wembley, for a place in the Premier League.

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

Another clean sheet in two games, so very good.

"I think they have had one shot on target in the two games".

A stirring minute's applause for former Villa full-back Jlloyd Samuel following his tragic death provided some perspective ahead of kick-off.

The referee awarded Boro a free kick just outside the box, which Stewart Downing blasted against the bar, but Sam Johnstone only received a yellow card for handling the ball outside his area, much to the bemusement of viewers at home.

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"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.

"Great team spirit amongst the boys and like I said before, one more step and it will be the dream".

After a solitary Mile Jedinak goal had put Villa in the ascendancy following victory at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday, Bruce's men put in a professional performance to secure a goalless draw home last night.

Now in charge of Aston Villa, he'll be hoping for a repeat scoreline in his favour, as they take on Fulham, who beat Derby County 2-1 over two legs, in the other semi-final.

And the Villans were content with soaking up pressure from their opponents throughout the match, hitting them on the counter, though neither side could find the breakthrough goal.

He said: "Eighteen or 19 months ago this club was in a mess but the experienced players have done the job for us and we're delighted about that".


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