Aston Villa reach playoff final with Boro stalemate

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce

Villa secured a tense 0-0 draw with Boro on Tuesday night to go through to the playoff final at Wembley.

Middlesbrough hadn't even produced a shot on target until a controversial moment three minutes from time. We've just fallen short.

'I have a fabulous chairman, everyone wants to do things for you at the club.

Bruce admits he inherited a club in a "mess" after taking Villa to the final.

Steve Bruce claims that the latter stages of Aston Villa's Championship playoff semi-final victory over Middlesbrough were "agony" but is happy to be going to Wembley.

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They came fourth in the Sky Bet Championship this season and Bruce, who was appointed in October 2016 with Villa 19th, knows it has been a long slog. If we bring our A-game to Villa Park and we get the breaks and we get the run of the ball - which I don't think we did have on Saturday - then who knows?

"The game plan was superb so the manager deserves a lot of credit for that", said Villa captain John Terry.

At the heart of that defense was former Chelsea and England center back John Terry who joined the club previous year on a free transfer and whose appointment as captain appears to have had a significant impact.

They won the first leg 1-0 thanks to a header from Jedinak. The support from the lads, the dressing room is incredible. There is a great team spirit among the boys.

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