Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
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Championship play-offs: Aston Villa pip West Brom to final spot

Championship play-offs: Aston Villa pip West Brom to final spot

Jed Steer saved two penalty kicks and Aston Villa converted four of its five penalties in the shootout to beat West Brom on Tuesday and advance to the EFL Championship title game at Wembley Stadium.

The Championship playoff final will take place on Sunday, May 26.

With Villa leading 2-1 after the first leg, West Brom defender Craig Dawson's first half header brought the aggregate scores level - and proved the only goal of the night.

Villa's hopes for Premier League promotion will now rest on a May 27 date with either Leeds United or Derby County, the victor of which will be decided at Elland Road on Wednesday.

Albion had midfielder Chris Brunt sent off for a second yellow card in the 79th minute, forcing them to play the final 41 minutes with 10 men. "The day we knew we were in the play-offs we started working on penalties", the boyhood Villa fan, who...


The Villans will now face the victor of Thursday's semi-final between Leeds United and Derby County, with Dean Smith's men aiming to return to the Premier League after a three-year absence.

Aston Villa players celebrate after winning the penalty shootout.

Conor Hourihane, Mile Jedinak, Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham all scored their spot-kicks for Villa with the only miss coming from Albert Adomah, taking fourth, who blazed his penalty over the crossbar.

"All of us are very hungry and have good legs in us".

Norwich City and Sheffield United were promoted automatically after finishing as the top two in the regular season.

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