Bruce’s males to face Fulham in play-off ultimate

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Aston Villa’s Zero-Zero draw with Middlesbrough on Tuesday despatched them into the play-off ultimate, the place they are going to tackle Fulham.

Information 16 Could 2018, 02:17 IST





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Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is challenged by Ben Gibson

Aston Villa will face Fulham within the Championship play-off ultimate after Steve Bruce’s facet noticed off Middlesbrough of their semi-final conflict.

A Zero-Zero second-leg draw at Villa Park on Tuesday secured a 1-Zero combination win for Villa and booked their place within the showdown at Wembley on Could 26.

Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough travelled to the Midlands needing to chase the sport to overturn their first-leg defeat, however it was Villa who created the higher probabilities in a tense encounter.

A minute’s applause was held earlier than kick-off for Jlloyd Samuel, the previous Villa defender killed in a automotive accident on Tuesday, earlier than a primary 45 minutes of few alternatives was performed out in entrance of a packed crowd.

Lewis Grabban and Jack Grealish every examined Boro goalkeeper Darren Randolph, who did his greatest to maintain his facet within the contest, however the guests didn’t handle a shot heading in the right direction all through.

Stewart Downing rattled the crossbar with a free-kick within the 88th minute, after Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone had maybe been fortunate to not be despatched off for dealing with the ball outdoors the penalty space, however Villa had been to not be denied.

They may meet Fulham, who overcame Derby County 2-1 on combination of their last-four tie, for a spot in subsequent season’s Premier League.

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