Aston Villa boss wants deal for veteran defender

Aston Villa boss wants deal for veteran defender

Aston Villa beat Middlesbrough 1-0 on aggregate after a 0-0 draw at Villa Park on Tuesday (May 15) to seal their place in the Championship playoff final where they will meet Fulham.

Steve Bruce's side will face Fulham in the final at Wembley as they look to return to the Premier League from which they were relegated in 2016.

Mile Jedinak provided the moment of magic in the first leg at the Riverside as Steve Bruce's men secured a 1-0 win before the reverse leg at home.

At the heart of that defence was former Chelsea and England centre back John Terry who joined the club past year on a free transfer and whose appointment as captain appears to have had a significant impact.

'We've given ourselves an advantage, we're playing against a very experienced team and a very experienced manager (Tony Pulis).

"The boys were different class". Another clean sheet in two games, so very good. I think our game-plan and game setup worked superbly, so the manager deserves a lot of credit for that.

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Boro got off to a better start in the second half and signaled their intent early on, with Muhamed Besic firing just wide of the target after 52 minutes.

A minute's applause was held before kick-off for Jlloyd Samuel, the former Villa defender killed in a auto accident on Tuesday, before a first 45 minutes of few opportunities was played out in front of a packed crowd.

However, Boro winger Stewart Downing almost forced extra time when he sent a free kick against the bar in the 88th minute of the second leg.

"The teams that have finished third and fourth over a season have got to Wembley and that's justification, if anything", Pulis told Sky Sports.

As quoted by the media outlet, the Villa boss said: "I've continued to say this about Alan Hutton".

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