Steve Bruce: Play-offs 'won't faze big guns' at Aston Villa

Ruben Hill
May 15, 2018

They've met four times now this season in total, Villa winning away in the league whilst Boro won a Carabao Cup tie at Villa Park in September.

Traore has scored five league goals and assisted 10 others so far this term, and while he is arguably Boro's biggest threat up front, Stewart Downing and 15-goal Britt Assombalonga are also capable of wreaking havoc to Aston Villa's defence.

ASTON Villa boss Steve Bruce backed his players to handle the occasion as they bid to keep their promotion hopes alive tonight. "There's still 90 minutes to play and anything can happen", he said. The Spaniard is waiting on the results of a scan after limping out of Saturday first-leg 1-0 defeat at the Riverside Stadium with a knee injury. Teenage starlet Ryan Sessegnon was again on the scoresheet.

Aston Villa are now preparing for tonight's huge game at home to Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi Final second Leg. Villa won the first leg 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium thanks to Mile Jedinak's early header, giving them a massive advantage ahead of the second leg at Villa Park. Boro boss Tony Pulis said: 'Obviously if there's any chance of Dani playing, he's going to play'. "It's still all to play for on Tuesday".

MIDDLESBROUGH defender Daniel Ayala faces an anxious wait to see if will be fit for tonight's Championship play-off decider at Aston Villa. I'm Sam Straw and I'll be taking you proceedings as the two teams battle it out for a place at Wembley.

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