Aston Villa win away at Middlesbrough in playoff semi

Elias Hubbard
May 13, 2018

After enduring several waves of Middlesbrough attacks for the opening 15 minutes, Aston Villa made the early breakthrough against the run of play when a corner was whipped in towards the near post where Australia worldwide Mile Jedinak's glancing header flew off the bottom of the inside of the far post to make it 1-0.

But Pulis said: "Obviously, we're disappointed". "We've kept a clean sheet and got an advantage".

Bruce restored Jack Grealish to the starting line-up and the midfielder was instrumental in giving Villa the early lead.

Villa poured on the pressure searching for a second goal with another header from Jedinak being turned round for a corner by Randolph and Albert Adomah's shot hitting the side netting.

Boro upped their game after falling behind, but Britt Assombalonga failed to find the target from two good shooting positions.

Villa continued to remain untroubled until the latter stages, when Middlesbrough started to commit more bodies forward.

Sam Johnstone has made it to play in goal after his partner gave birth last night, while former playoff victor Mile Jedinak will play in midfield alongside Conor Hourihane.

Boro, who finished the season in 5th, are bidding to take one step closer to making an instant return to the Premier League following their relegation last term.

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