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Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough: Villa reach Wembley (2:06)

Aston Villa 0-0 Middlesbrough: Villa reach Wembley (2:06)

The playoff final is on May 26 at Wembley.

Aston Villa overcame Middlesborough 1-0 on aggregate tonight to progress to the play-off final against Fulham.

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

After the tension came the overwhelming relief and unbridled joy for Aston Villa. "We're going to Wembley, let's enjoy it". Cardiff also secured automatic promotion, pipping Fulham to second place on the final day.

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

Mile Jedinak's goal in the first leg on Teesside proved enough to end Middlesbrough's own Premier League dream, on a night when Tony Pulis' team failed to register a shot on target.




The league game at Villa was drawn.

With Middlesbrough confirmed to be staying in the Championship next season, there will be two Tony Pulis derbies in 2018/19 - providing the Welshman stays at Boro.

Despite initially doing well with both clubs, getting Stoke promoted and keeping West Brom up, fans of the two sides eventually became unhappy with the negative style of play.

Home teams just don't like winning when Aston Villa and Middlesbrough come together.

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

Boro boss Pulis know that there's a tricky challenge facing his side tonight, but isn't refusing to give up hope of making a comeback; "Villa are in the ascendency in the tie, we've got to go to Villa Park in front of a full house so that gives them the advantage".


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