Aston Villa one game away from Premier League return

Aston Villa one game away from Premier League return

Each side is looking to return to the top flight at the first time of asking, both having suffered Premier League relegation in the 2015-16 season.

Aston Villa players celebrate a win.

"(We've produced) Two very good performances away and at home tonight. I think it was important in the first half that we did not concede. I think our game-plan and game setup worked superbly, so the manager deserves a lot of credit for that.

The 0-0 draw on Tuesday night extended the run without a home win to 13 games now and it could be a couple more years before another game to get a victor with Villa now one win away from the Premier League.

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

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.

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Tony Pulis has only won two of his previous nine away games against Aston Villa as a manager, although those wins have come in the past four trips (D4 L3).

"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.

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

The home fans erupted in wild celebrations at fulltime and flooded onto the pitch to join the players.

Now in charge of Aston Villa, he'll be hoping for a repeat scoreline in his favour, as they take on Fulham, who beat Derby County 2-1 over two legs, in the other semi-final.