Aston Villa paid tribute to former defender Jlloyd Samuel, who died in a vehicle crash at just 37 on Tuesday, as a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough at Villa Park booked their place in the Championship playoff final.
"The boys were different class. One more step and it'll be the dream". Another clean sheet is very good. I think it was important in the first half that we did not concede.
"It was intense. I think our game plan worked very well so the manager deserves a lot credit for that".
The referee awarded Boro a free kick just outside the box, which Stewart Downing blasted against the bar, but Sam Johnstone only received a yellow card for handling the ball outside his area, much to the bemusement of viewers at home.
GETTYAston Villa news There were wild celebrations at full time after the 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough
"It irks me a little bit but the teams who finished third and fourth are going to Wembley and that's justification of what they've done over the season. It's hard for me to say that but that's being brutally honest".
Villa held on to claim a draw on the night and victory overall, sparking wild celebrations as their fans flooded onto the pitch at fulltime.
A goalless draw with Middlesbrough on Tuesday secured a 1-0 aggregate win and a meeting with Fulham at Wembley on May 26.
Bruce has led two teams through the playoffs to the Premier League but expected a tight encounter against the Londoners. We've given ourselves a good chance.
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