Aston Villa reaches Championship playoff final

Cristina Cross
May 16, 2018

Fulham will take on Aston Villa, who secured their place in the final by holding on for a 0-0 draw tonight against Middlesbrough, winning 1-0 on aggregate thanks to a Mile Jedinak header in the first leg. "One more step and it'll be the dream".

Paul Merson has told Sky Sports that Alan Hutton was "outstanding" in the play offs, even though he felt that the Aston Villa man's career was over two years ago.

"The boys were different class". It was important we didn't concede.

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I think our game-plan and game setup worked superbly, so the manager deserves a lot of credit for that.

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

Boro created few clear-cut chances but nearly levelled the tie late on when Stewart Downing's 89th-minute free kick from just outside the penalty area rattled the crossbar.

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"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".

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

But Fulham will have another chance to return to the top flight in the play-off final, after beating Derby 2-1 over two legs in the play-off semi final.

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"They (Middlesbrough) are a very good side, obviously (Adama) Traore is a big threat for them as well. They've got some good players but, then again, so have we", he said.

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