Steve Bruce: 'End of Championship playoff semi-final was agony'

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Steve Bruce: 'End of Championship playoff semi-final was agony'

But Pulis was focused on a controversial moment three minutes from time when the Villa No 1 saved a goalbound effort from Adama Traore outside his 18-yard box.

Fans who had followed their side had been rather disappointed with the way their team had played in their two most important games of the season, however, they did manage to find the positives in one man's performance.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce is your guy if you want to get out of the Championship, and is one win away from bringing a fifth side into the Premier League.

Bruce was appointed in October 2016, with Villa 19th, and has previously questioned the mentality and ability of some players to handle the pressure - although he expects no problems against Boro.

"We have just got to keep doing what we are doing".

"It was intense. I think our game plan worked very well so the manager deserves a lot credit for that".

He said: 'Eighteen or 19 months ago this club was in a mess but the experienced players have done the job for us and we're delighted about that.

At the heart of that defense was former Chelsea and England center 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.

Villa ended up booking their place at Wembley thanks to a 1-0 aggregate win.

"Unbelievable, incredible, the support, the lads, the dressing room is unbelievable".

'There is a great team spirit among the boys. "But the boys have been superb and we're off to Wembley with one more to go".

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

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