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

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

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.

Villa is hoping to return to the Premier League after a two-year absence. The boys are different class. It was important in the first half we didn't concede.

"We just shaded it over the two games, with a goal from a set piece", Bruce told Sky Sports News. Another clean sheet in two games, so very good.

The match began with a minute's applause for former Villa defender Jlloyd Samuel who died earlier in the day at the age of 37 in a vehicle accident.

"Can we overcome Fulham in the final now?"

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.


"It irks me a little bit but the teams who finished third and fourth are going to Wembley and that's justification of what they've done over the season".

"The players have worked so hard though, they have given everything".

"It was agony towards the end, if I m being honest".

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.

"They're a good football side".

Both of Pulis' former Premier League clubs in Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion have been relegated to the Championship for next season with the Welshman having played some part in the latter's drop, being sacked as recent as November.

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