Aston Villa reach playoff final with Boro stalemate

Boro v Ipswich - Post-match reaction & 2nd leg debate

Ahmed Elmohamady “big doubt” for Middlesbrough clash

The ramifications for Villa if they fail to achieve promotion do not bear thinking about but, for now, they are focusing on the chance to end their two-year exile from the top tier.

Aston Villa are now preparing for tonight's huge game at home to Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi Final second Leg. Villa won the first leg 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium thanks to Mile Jedinak's early header, giving them a massive advantage ahead of the second leg at Villa Park.

Villa captain John Terry told Sky Sports: "It's unbelievable and incredible. There's still 90 minutes to play and anything can happen", he said. Another clean sheet in two games, so very good.

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

"If any team deserved to win the game tonight I think it was us". "One more step and it'll be the dream".

Randolph then came to the fore as he made two fine saves from Lewis Grabban before getting fingertips to a long-range effort from Jack Grealish.

Stewart Downing hit the bar for Middlesbrough late on but they did not register a shot on target.

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.

Boss Tony Pulis, who replaced Garry Monk in December, was upset Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was not sent off by referee Mike Dean after he handled outside the area with three minutes left.

"It's a hard season, it's a long season but they've been the third and fourth best teams in the league so you have to take it on the chin".

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