A Villa vs M'boro
Sky Bet Ch'ship Play-Offs
7:45pm Tuesday 15th May
HIGHLIGHTS: ASTON VILLA 0-0 MIDDLESBROUGH (AGG:1-0)
WATCH: TERRY PRAISES VILLA GAMEPLAN
'BORO WEREN'T GOOD ENOUGH'
Paul Merson has given his reaction in the Sky Sports studio, saying Middlesbrough didn't do enough to get in the play-off final...
"Over the two legs you’d have to be blunt and say
Middlesbrough weren’t good enough. They didn’t show enough, especially tonight.
They showed a bit of urgency in the last five minutes but they fell short."
DR. TONY'S HAPPY!
ASTON VILLA v FULHAM
So Aston Villa will play Fulham at Wembley for a place in the Premier League.
The game will be live on Sky Sports Football on Saturday May 26 at 4pm.
QUE SERA SERA
VILLA REACH PLAY-OFF FINAL
SIMEON GHOLAM AT VILLA PARK
Aston Villa are going to Wembley!!! It wasn't a particularly pretty game and Johnstone can consider himself very lucky not to have got himself banned for the final. But the damage was done in the first leg thanks to that Mile Jedinak header.
Steve Bruce's side will now face Fulham in 11 days for a place in the Premier League, while Boro have been condemned to another season in the Sky Bet Championship.
ASTON VILLA 0-0 BORO (AGG: 1-0)
It's all over! Villa will play in their first ever play-off final against Fulham. Jedinak's first leg goal proved to be the difference after a goalless draw at Villa Park tonight. The Villa fans are celebrating on the pitch but it's disappointment for Tony Pulis and Boro, who will play in the Championship again next season.
90+6: One final chance for Boro but Traore's shot is blocked...
90+4: There are some glum looking faces in the Boro end. The ball is still down at the wrong end of the pitch for the visitors!
90+3: Grealish now has the ball in the corner and he wins a free-kick for his side! Villa are seeing this game out well at the moment...
90+2: Snodgrass has the ball in the corner for Villa. The hosts are now just two minutes from Wembley!
90: There will be FOUR minutes of added time. Will there be a late twist here at Villa Park?
90: SUB! Villa make their final change as Bjarnason is replaced by Adomah.
89: CROSSBAR! So close for Boro. Downing gets the ball over the wall but it rattles the woodwork and goes away to safety. Johnstone will be a mightily relieved man after that.
87: YELLOW! Villa fail to deal with the bouncing ball as Johnstone comes off his line and into no mans land. Traore gets a shot away which is blocked by the hands of Johnstone, who is clearly outside the area. Should that be a red card? Luckily for Johnstone, referee Mike Dean pulls out a yellow card. Anyway Boro have a free-kick in a dangerous position...
85: SUB! Hourihane's the man coming off. He's replaced by Whelan.
84: More frustration for Boro as Besic's cross sails out of play for a goal kick!
83: SAVE! Another chance for Hourihane, who is teed up by Adomah, but the midfielder's shot is tame. Randolph makes a comfortable save.
82: SUB! A final change for Boro as Fabio replaces Shotton.
80: YELLOW! Frustration for Boro. They are flying into challenges to win the ball back but Besic oversteps the mark, catching Grealish with a late tackle.
It's been mentioned before but full credit to Villa for the way they've nullified Boro's major threat in Traore so far. The picture below pretty much sums up his night so far. Boro have thrown on their two striker sfrom the bench but not an awful lot has changed.
10 minutes to go for them to save their season.
79: SUB! Fresh legs for Villa as Grabban is replaced by Kodjia.
78: CORNER! Snodgrass swings the ball into the box and this time it's Shotton who heads clear for the visitors.
75: SAVE! Grealish skips past Clayton before striking the ball towards the far corner. Randolph does brilliantly to get across to deny the young Englishman.
73: SUB! Another change for the visitors as Gestede comes on to face his former club. He replaces Howson to a chorus of boos from the home fans.
71: WIDE! Adomah cuts in off the left flank before attempting to curl the ball into the far corner. It flicks off Fry and deflects wide of the target.
70: SAVE! There's nothing on for Grabban so he puts his laces through the ball, striking it powerfully towards goal. Randolph is alert to the danger, tipping the ball over the crossbar.
69: SUB! A change for Boro as Bamford replaces Assombalonga.
68: SAVE! Hutton's ball over the top picks out Grabban, who fires a shot across goal. The ball looks destined for the bottom corner until Randolph's boot deflects it wide of the far post. OFFSIDE! It's a brilliant save from the Boro keeper but the goal wouldn't have stood as Grabban was offside in the build-up.
67: Traore gets to the byline before slipping in a teasing cross. Johnstone comes off his line to gather the ball at the second attempt. Good goalkeeping from the Villa stopper.
66: CORNER! Assombalonga heads clear for Boro, who are weathering a bit of a storm at the moment.
65: Snodgrass clips the ball into the box but Gibson is there to head the ball behind for a Villa corner...
63: Fabio and Bamford are out warming up for Boro. Will we see the pair soon as Tony Pulis' side look to get the goal they need to stay in this tie?
61: YELLOW! Mike Dean doesn't like Grealish's tackle on Traore, brandishing a yellow card to the young Englishman.
60: SAVE! Grealish's pass releases Adomah down the left. the winger plays a first time cross in for Grabban, who pokes the ball goalwards. Luckily for Boro, Randolph is in the right place at the right time to make a crucial save.
How long until we see some changes from Tony Pulis? They've got two game-changers on the bench in Patrick Bamford and Rudy Gestede, although you wonder how many minutes the latter has in his legs after nearly three months out.
Just over half an hour for Boro to find something here anyway. As it stands Villa are off to Wembley.
58: Snodgrass' back-heel releases Bree down the right. He fires a low cross into the box but Gibson gets to the ball ahead of Grabban to clear for the visitors.
56: Villa are roared forward by the home fans as Hourihane pulls the ball back from the byline. Fry is well positioned at the near post to clear for the visitors.
55: Besic brings the ball forward for Boro. Assombalonga makes an intelligent run ahead of him but Chester reads the pass, making a crucial interception.
53: WIDE! Besic has Downing outside him but the midfielder ignores his team-mate, taking on the shot from the edge of the penalty area. He fails to hit the target though, pulling the ball wide of the far post.
50: Adomah stays wide as Jedinak attempts to thread the ball through for the winger to chase. The ball does end up at the feet of Adomah but the flag is up for offside against the 30-year-old.
48: CORNER! Downing's corner picks out Howson on the edge of the penalty area but the whistle has gone. Mike Dean has spotted an infringement by Gibson in the penalty area.
46: Boro get us back underway...
ASTON VILLA 0-0 MIDDLESBROUGH (AGG: 1-0)
The teams are back out at Villa Park. We are now just moments away from the second-half...
It's been a tight affair at Villa Park so far...
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