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

Jack Grealish

Aston Villa booked their place in the Championship play-off final for the second season in succession on Tuesday evening, and after they saw off West Bromwich Albion on penalties, their fans were quick to salute their star of the show on social media.

He did not, however, received any sympathy from Aston Villa substitute Jonathan Kodjia, who took the opportunity to - very kindly - point his opponent in the direction of the tunnel as he walked past.

As it was, the Villans were pulled back in the tie in the first half when Craig Dawson rose high in the penalty box to head Albion level on aggregate, and set up a barnstormer of a night of football.

"It's no good getting to Wembley and falling at the final hurdle again, so fingers crossed", Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, who converted his penalty, told Sky Sport.

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Tammy Abraham, on loan from Chelsea, scored the decisive spot kick to send Villa into a Wembley final against either Derby County or Leeds United with a lucrative spot in the Premier League up for grabs.

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.

Villa missed out in the playoff final past year, losing 1-0 to Fulham and Grealish, who has been linked with a summer move to Tottenham, is keen to make amends in what could be his final game for the club.

Visiting keeper Jed Steer put Villa in control with great saves from Mason Holgate and Ahmed Hegazi.

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