Villa seal Wembley play-off date with Fulham

Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough latest score: LIVE updates from Championship play-off clash

Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough latest score: LIVE updates from Championship play-off clash

"I think it's important playing two games in the space of four days to get a couple of days rest, which the manager is hopefully going to give us!"

Comfortable on the back foot, the Villans were happy to sit back and soak up whatever pressure Boro could put on them, safe in the knowledge that their rearguard would prevail.

In the second leg the Socceroo skipper was at his best to help steer his club through to the final. Cardiff also secured automatic promotion, pipping Fulham to second place on the final day. With respect to Fulham (and Birmingham) fans, it's easy to make Villa the emotional favorite of the playoff final.

Darren Randolph pleased supporters on social media with his display at Villa Park as he continued to keep Pulis' side in the game, despite the lack of chances they were creating.

Mile Jedinak's goal in the first leg on Teesside proved enough to end Middlesbrough's own Premier League dream, on a night when Tony Pulis' team failed to register a shot on target.

And seven minutes before the break Grabban nodded down for James Chester to shoot narrowly wide.

The Republic of Ireland global has been crucial to how Middlesbrough have performed this season and if it were not for him, they may not have had a realistic chance of playing Premier League football in the first place. Now we're looking forward to the final.

Not since March 2005 has a home side come out on top in this fixture, as Villa won 2-0 when this was a Premier League tie. If we bring our A-game to Villa Park and we get the breaks and we get the run of the ball - which I don't think we did have on Saturday - then who knows?