Villa hold off Boro to reach Championship playoff final

Ahmed Elmohamady “big doubt” for Middlesbrough clash

Ahmed Elmohamady “big doubt” for Middlesbrough clash

Good evening everyone and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary of this evening's Championship play-off semi-final second leg between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.

The West Midlanders secured a 1-0 victory in the first leg at the Riverside Stadium before playing out a 0-0 draw at Villa Park for a place in the final at Wembley Stadium.

Pulis said: "We have had opportunities but we have to change those opportunities into chances and goals".

Having won the first leg 1-0 courtesy of a Mile Jedinak strike, Villa showed some organised defending to hold off Boro who were looking for an immediate return to the top-flight. "It's hard for me to say that but that's being brutally honest".

Despite the celebrations as Bruce's side moved to within one match of bouncing back to the top flight, there was a sombre mood before kick-off with a minute's applause for Samuel.


He made 44 appearances for Steve Bruce's side, assisting five times, helping them finish fourth in the Championship, which qualified them for the playoffs.

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

Sam Johnstone was required to make a smart close-range save from Britt Assombalonga soon after the opener, before an outstretched Darren Randolph brilliantly turned a curling Robert Snodgrass effort against the post late in the first half.

Middlesbrough hadn't even produced a shot on target until a controversial moment three minutes from time.

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