Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Jedinak's Villa hold firm to secure play-off final place

Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis has other ideas as Aston Villa attempt to stop Adama Traore Aston Villa boss wants deal for veteran defender
Rita Gibson | 16 May, 2018, 06:27

"Great team spirit amongst the boys and like I said before, one more step and it will be the dream".

Middlesbrough visit Villa Park tonight with the tough task of overturning Saturday's 1-0 loss to Aston Villa and subsequently book a place in the Championship playoff final alongside Fulham.

A long, traumatic season for Steve Bruce could yet deliver a happy ending of sorts as Aston Villa moved to within 90 minutes of a return to the Premier League. It means so much.

Villa fans will be hoping this year's trip won't go the same way, because they were humbled 4-0 that time, barely putting up a fight.

Cheshire police confirmed earlier in the day that the former Trinidad and Tobago worldwide had been killed when his Range Rover collided with a van early on Tuesday morning. Samuel made 199 appearances for Villa between 1998 and 2007 before moving to Bolton, where he played 83 times during a spell between 2008 and 2011.

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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.

"The game plan was superb so the manager deserves a lot of credit for that", said Villa captain John Terry.

Villa came close through Lewis Grabban and Conor Hourihane and were comfortable against a poor Boro side.

Middlesbrough hadn't even produced a shot on target until a controversial moment three minutes from time.

In addition, Villa keeper Sam Johnstone escaped a red card late on when he was booked for being adjudged to have handled Adama Traore's attempted chip outside the box.

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