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


The two teams will be competing for a chance to play Fulham in the final at Wembley after the Cottagers overturned a first leg deficit to beat Derby County 2-1 on aggregate, winning 2-0 at home on Monday evening.

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. "We're going to Wembley, let's enjoy it".

After the tension came the overwhelming relief and unbridled joy for Aston Villa.

The young winger needs to start taking games by the scruff of their necks if he is to prove himself worthy of the big-name links.

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff were promoted automatically from the League Championship.

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

Jedinak's first-leg goal making all the difference with the Aussie veteran playing another full game in the middle of the park.

Traore has scored five league goals and assisted 10 others so far this term, and while he is arguably Boro's biggest threat up front, Stewart Downing and 15-goal Britt Assombalonga are also capable of wreaking havoc to Aston Villa's defence.

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.

This will give those fans another chance to tell Pulis their thoughts of him and his managements styles, something he may not be looking forward to, as it is certain to not be positive.

Aston Villa players celebrate a win.

"If any team deserved to win the game tonight I think it was us".