Aston Villa heading to Wembley after draw with Middlesbrough in Championship play-offs

Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis has other ideas as Aston Villa attempt to stop Adama Traore

Aston Villa paid tribute to former defender Jlloyd Samuel, who died in a auto crash at just 37 on Tuesday, as a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough at Villa Park booked their place in the Championship playoff final.

Now in charge of Aston Villa, he'll be hoping for a repeat scoreline in his favour, as they take on Fulham, who beat Derby County 2-1 over two legs, in the other semi-final.

Villa captain John Terry told Sky Sports: "It's unbelievable and incredible".

After the tension came the overwhelming relief and unbridled joy for Aston Villa.

Yet again, like the first leg, Traore let his team-mates down with a poor final ball which saw his attempts either go out for a goal kick or hit the first Villa man after such promising dribbles. With respect to Fulham (and Birmingham) fans, it's easy to make Villa the emotional favorite of the playoff final.

PM Modi congratulates Malaysian counterpart over phone on his victory
Mahathir, 92 was sworn in as the leader on Thursday, making him the world's oldest democratically elected leader. Asked about other possible crimes, Mahathir said: "We can not do everything at the same time at one go".

Mile Jedinak's goal in the first leg on Teesside proved enough to end Middlesbrough's own Premier League dream, on a night when Tony Pulis' team failed to register a shot on target.

As a team, Villa made 29 total clearances against Boro, with James Chester contributing the most with seven.

The league game at Villa was drawn. Boro boss Tony Pulis said: 'Obviously if there's any chance of Dani playing, he's going to play'. "But in the second half tonight there was only one team that was going to win it".

Each side is looking to return to the top flight at the first time of asking, both having suffered Premier League relegation in the 2015-16 season.

Bruce was appointed in October 2016, with Villa 19th, and has previously questioned the mentality and ability of some players to handle the pressure.

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