Aston Villa sealed their place in the Championship playoff final at Wembley

Mile Jedinak's Aston Villa is closing in on a return to the English Premier League

Celebrations were mooted in the Villa dressing room after Mile Jedinak's goal gave them a 1-0 lead following the first leg of their semi-final against Middlesbrough at the Riverside last week.

As long as Aston Villa avoid defeat, Steve Bruce will be taking his side to Wembley for the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off final, where they will play Fulham. The boys are different class.

There they could play Aston Villa and boss Steve Bruce has backed his players to handle the occasion against Middlesbrough tonight as they continue to plot their promotion assault.

"I'm very, very proud of the lads".

Pulis said: "We're ready to go".

Boro created few clear-cut chances but nearly levelled the tie late on when Stewart Downing's 89th-minute free kick from just outside the penalty area rattled the crossbar.

Mile Jedinak’s headed goal in the first leg was the decisive score of the tie
Mile Jedinak’s headed goal in the first leg was the decisive score of the tie

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

"That's the most important thing - that we turn up and we're a little bit more clinical in the final third - that was the only real negative, apart from conceding from a set play, of the game on Saturday. It's hard for me to say that, but they've been the third and fourth-best teams in the league".

Aston Villa held Middlesbrough to a goalless draw at Villa Park to go through 1-0 on aggregate.

Furthermore, Villa have only lost one of their past 10 home games in the Championship and manager Steve Bruce has an impressive record at this stage of the season, with the Villa boss losing just one of his past seven play-off games (winning four and drawing two).

"They're a good football side".

Pulis said: 'I thought we created good opportunities from other people on Saturday. "We're going to Wembley, let's enjoy it".

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