Villa hold off Boro to reach Championship playoff final

16 May, 2018, 15:17 | Author: Norman Carr
  • Live Stream Score Commentary of Championship Play Off Semi Final between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough

Aston Villa were held to a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough at Villa Park on Tuesday night and fans were delighted with the performance of one of their key players on social media following the game.

Villa will face Fulham at Wembley on May 26 in what is often dubbed the richest game in world football due to the Premier League TV riches at stake.

"It was always going to be tough but what has got us through is our defence over two games. It's hard for me to say that but that's being brutally honest".

Despite their late escape, Villa were well worthy of their place in the final as Boro 'keeper Daniel Randolph kept the visitors in the tie for long spells.

Bruce has led two teams through the playoffs to the Premier League but expected a tight encounter against the Londoners.


"There is a great team spirit among the boys".

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.

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

Middlesbrough hadn't even produced a shot on target until a controversial moment three minutes from time.

Sam Johnstone could have been shown a red card by Mike Dean in the final moments of the game when he handled the ball outside the penalty box but the referee decided John Terry could have been able to get around and gave the goalkeeper a yellow instead.

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