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

Steve Bruce explains how a change in Aston Villa's recruitment policy is helping them in the play-offs

Aston Villa secured the upper hand over Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off semi-finals with a 1-0 away win in the first leg on Saturday.

That was the closest either side came to changing the scoreline as they now switch attention to the second leg at Villa Park on Tuesday.

Mile Jedinak's first-half header was the difference at the Riverside last time out, and Boro still have a chance of making it to the final given the slim margin in aggregate.

"It was a very good performance tonight", Terry told Sky Sports.

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. Another clean sheet in two games, so very good.

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

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The match began with a minute's applause for former Villa defender Jlloyd Samuel who died earlier on Tuesday at the age of 37 in a vehicle accident.

"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".

"The teams that finished third and fourth over a season have got to Wembley and that's justification I can accept".

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

Steve Bruce's side will now face Fulham at Wembley on May 26 for a spot in next season's Premier League.

Traore has scored five league goals and assisted 10 others so far this term, and while he is arguably Boro's biggest threat up front, Stewart Downing and 15-goal Britt Assombalonga are also capable of wreaking havoc to Aston Villa's defence. "They've got some good players but, then again, so have we", he said.

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