Villa hold off Boro to secure Wembley final date


"I'm delighted for them that we can plan a trip to Wembley".

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.

In the end, neither side could find a goal on the night, which meant Villa advanced to the playoff final with a 1-0 aggregate win. "We're up against an outstanding team in Fulham [in the final]".

"I think it's important playing two games in the space of four days to get a couple of days rest, which the manager is hopefully going to give us!"

"As a one-off it's fantastic if you go up through the play-offs, although I would love to have been second and sitting on a beach now".

Terry says Bruce deserves credit for how he set his Aston Villa team up tonight but he has warned his team-mates they still have one more job to do.

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After a quiet start this week, the game's first chance arrived after 19 minutes as Villa's Conor Hourihane forced Darren Randolph into a good save with a shot from the edge of the box.

Randolph then came to the fore as he made two fine saves from Lewis Grabban before getting fingertips to a long-range effort from Jack Grealish. But the longer it goes, when he (Stewart Downing) hits the crossbar you think "dear oh, dear" you can't put me through that anymore.

Bruce is now just one game away from a fifth promotion as manager to the Premier League, having also taken Birmingham and Hull up via the playoffs.

Boss Tony Pulis, who replaced Garry Monk in December, was upset Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was not sent off by referee Mike Dean after he handled outside the area with three minutes left.

"Maybe he got that wrong, maybe it could have been a sending off".