Aston Villa's John Terry Issues 'Dream' Statement After playoff Victory Vs Middlesbrough

Heather Diaz
May 16, 2018

The famous venue has been Boro's happiest away hunting ground by virtue of 16 wins so far in their history. This time they have a man with Wembley wins under his belt.

From the resultant free-kick Stewart Downing's fine curling shot rattled the woodwork to increase the visitors' angst. But he was not missed as James Bree performed equally as well in his seventh start of the season, helping to soak up pressure and see out a goalless draw which was good enough to book their place in the play-off final.

But in the final analysis a lame performance in the final third was the main reason for Boro's limp elimination last night.

Tony Pulis' Middlesbrough travelled to the Midlands needing to chase the game to overturn their first-leg defeat, but it was Villa who created the better chances in a tense encounter.

'We've given ourselves an advantage, we're playing against a very experienced team and experienced manager.

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Steve Bruce has admitted that the latter stages of Aston Villa's Championship playoff semi-final triumph over Middlesbrough were "agony".

The 22-year-old Villa midfielder kept on getting up to be part of a visible difference between the two sides.

Pulis is keeping his fingers crossed over central defender Daniel Ayala, who limped out of Saturday's game with a knee injury.

The clubs will pay tribute to former Aston Villa defender Jlloyd Samuel, who sadly passed away at the age of 37 following a auto crash in Cheshire this morning.

The two teams will be competing for a chance to play Fulham in the final at Wembley after the Cottagers overturned a first leg deficit to beat Derby County 2-1 on aggregate, winning 2-0 at home on Monday evening.

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