Game #5488

2017-18

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Semi Final

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Play Off Semi Final

Middlesbrough

Riverside Stadium

Attendance: 29,233

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Villa take a crucial first leg lead in their first ever appearance in the play offs.

Middlesbrough

0-1

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Mile Jedinak | 15’ |

Assist(s) | Jack Grealish | 15’ |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5488

Season | 2017-18 |
Matchday | #51 |
Manager Game | #87 |
Saturday, 12 May 2018

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steve Bruce |
KO | 5.15pm |
Referee | Bobby Madley |
HT Score | 1-0 |
FT Score | 1-0 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | WWWDW

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 30.12 |

Oldest Player |
CB John Terry | 37.45 |

Youngest Player |
M Jack Grealish | 22.68 |

TEAM NEWS

Sam Johnstone, Robert Snodgrass, Jack Grealish, John Terry, Ahmed Elmohamady and Lewis Grabban are recalled.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 1 |
CB Axel Tuanzebe

Loaned Out | 4 |
W Carles Gil |
Deportivo La Coruña |
12 Jul 17 - 30 Jun 18 |

LB Jordan Amavi |
Olympique Marseille |
10 Aug 17 - 30 Jun 18 |

M Gary Gardner |
Barnsley |
31 Aug 17 - 31 May 18 |

M Aaron Tshibola |
Kilmarnock FC |
29 Jan 18 - 14 May 18 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 37%
Possession A | 63%
Shots F | 6
Shots A | 17
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 10
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 9

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Sam Johnstone |
RB Alan Hutton |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady |
CB James Chester |
CB John Terry |
M Jack Grealish |
M Conor Hourihane |
M Mile Jedinak |
W Robert Snodgrass |
W Albert Adomah |
CF Lewis Grabban |

SUBSTITUTES

CF Jonathan Kodjia for W Albert Adomah | 71’ |
M Birkir Bjarnason for CF Lewis Grabban | 81’ |
M Glenn Whelan for RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 88’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Mark Bunn
CB Christopher Samba
F Scott Hogan
M Josh Onomah

THE OPPOSITION

GK Darren Randolph, LB George Friend, CB Daniel Ayala (RB Fábio), CB Ryan Shotton, CB Ben Gibson, M Adam Clayton, M Jonny Howson, M Muhamed Bešić, W Stewart Downing (ex), CF Britt Assombalonga (CF Patrick Bamford), W Adama Traoré (ex).

Manager: Tony Pulis.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Mile Jedinak celebrates his first leg winner in the Play off semi final at the Riverside, 12 May 2018

Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2018/05/12/match-report-boro-0-1-villa

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MATCH TIMELINE

13’ Booking, Conor Hourihane
15’ Goal, Mile Jedinak, Assist by Jack Grealish
HT Middlesbrough 0-1 Aston Villa
71’ Sub off, W Albert Adomah, Sub on, CF Jonathan Kodjia
75’ Booking, Robert Snodgrass
81’ Sub off, CF Lewis Grabban, Sub on, M Birkir Bjarnason
88’ Sub off, RB Ahmed Elmohamady, Sub on, M Glenn Whelan
FT Middlesbrough 0-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

A masterclass from Jack Grealish earns Villa a slender lead ahead of the home leg with a Wembley play off date tantalisingly close.

Former Villa winger Adama Traoré manages to stay on the pitch for 90’ but can do nothing to stop his old club.

QUOTES

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”We had to defend very well. We went too deep in the second half but you saw the resilience of the team. It was very difficult but we kept a clean sheet and we’ve got an advantage. It’s never easy but we’ll take that and we’ll look forward to Tuesday.

“It’s only half-time, they’ve got to come to our place but we all know the Championship and how ridiculous it is. We clung on a bit in the second half but we’ve got an advantage to take home.”

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*Sky Sports*
Saturday, 12 May 2018

"Mile Jedinak’s header handed Aston Villa the advantage in their play-off tie with Middlesbrough as they edged a 1-0 win at the Riverside Stadium."

*Sky Sports*
Saturday, 12 May 2018

MATCH REPORT

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Mile Jedinak’s header handed Aston Villa the advantage in their play-off tie with Middlesbrough as they edged a 1-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.

The Australian international nodded home from a corner in the first half to give Steve Bruce’s side the lead in their Sky Bet Championship semi-final against a surprisingly flat Boro side on Saturday.

It had been nearly three months since Middlesbrough last failed to score, but they rarely threatened Sam Johnstone’s goal throughout 90 minutes, leaving Villa with the edge heading into the second leg on Tuesday night.

Middlesbrough have been set-piece specialists since Tony Pulis arrived in December, and he would have been dismayed to see his side come undone from a corner after 15 minutes. It didn’t even require a particularly spectacular corner from Jack Grealish to find Jedinak at the near post, although the Australian did impressively leap to flick home his first goal away from home since November 2014.

Were it not for Darren Randolph then Villa would have doubled their lead just before half-time. Robert Snodgrass’ curling effort looked destined for the bottom corner, but the Boro stopper somehow got across to tip the strike onto the post.

Boro continued to push for an equaliser but suffered a blow midway through the second half as Daniel Ayala was forced off with a leg injury, rendering him doubtful for the second leg.

Fabio was his replacement and he presented his side with a glorious opportunity to level with his first touch after coming on, but his inviting ball across the six-yard line was behind the run of Britt Assombalonga, who would have had a simple tap-in if the full-back had found him.

The home side continued to huff and puff in search of an equaliser with Pulis throwing on Patrick Bamford for the ineffective Assombalonga, but the Villa defence, led by John Terry, resisted anything that was thrown at them to take them one step closer to Wembley.

The only blow for Villa was the late injury to full-back Ahmed Elmohamady, who appeared to aggravate his hamstring and now looks doubtful for their mission to finish the job back at Villa Park in three days.

Man of the match: Jack Grealish

His corner created the only goal of the game for Jedinak to convert, but Grealish also ran the show for Villa in his attacking midfield role and there were occasions when the Boro players couldn’t get near him.

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”We had to defend very well. We went too deep in the second half but you saw the resilience of the team. It was very difficult but we kept a clean sheet and we’ve got an advantage. It’s never easy but we’ll take that and we’ll look forward to Tuesday.

“It’s only half-time, they’ve got to come to our place but we all know the Championship and how ridiculous it is. We clung on a bit in the second half but we’ve got an advantage to take home.”

Mile Jedinak’s header handed Aston Villa the advantage in their play-off tie with Middlesbrough as they edged a 1-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.

The Australian international nodded home from a corner in the first half to give Steve Bruce’s side the lead in their Sky Bet Championship semi-final against a surprisingly flat Boro side on Saturday.

It had been nearly three months since Middlesbrough last failed to score, but they rarely threatened Sam Johnstone’s goal throughout 90 minutes, leaving Villa with the edge heading into the second leg on Tuesday night.

Middlesbrough have been set-piece specialists since Tony Pulis arrived in December, and he would have been dismayed to see his side come undone from a corner after 15 minutes. It didn’t even require a particularly spectacular corner from Jack Grealish to find Jedinak at the near post, although the Australian did impressively leap to flick home his first goal away from home since November 2014.

Were it not for Darren Randolph then Villa would have doubled their lead just before half-time. Robert Snodgrass’ curling effort looked destined for the bottom corner, but the Boro stopper somehow got across to tip the strike onto the post.

Boro continued to push for an equaliser but suffered a blow midway through the second half as Daniel Ayala was forced off with a leg injury, rendering him doubtful for the second leg.

Fabio was his replacement and he presented his side with a glorious opportunity to level with his first touch after coming on, but his inviting ball across the six-yard line was behind the run of Britt Assombalonga, who would have had a simple tap-in if the full-back had found him.

The home side continued to huff and puff in search of an equaliser with Pulis throwing on Patrick Bamford for the ineffective Assombalonga, but the Villa defence, led by John Terry, resisted anything that was thrown at them to take them one step closer to Wembley.

The only blow for Villa was the late injury to full-back Ahmed Elmohamady, who appeared to aggravate his hamstring and now looks doubtful for their mission to finish the job back at Villa Park in three days.

Man of the match: Jack Grealish

His corner created the only goal of the game for Jedinak to convert, but Grealish also ran the show for Villa in his attacking midfield role and there were occasions when the Boro players couldn’t get near him.

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”We had to defend very well. We went too deep in the second half but you saw the resilience of the team. It was very difficult but we kept a clean sheet and we’ve got an advantage. It’s never easy but we’ll take that and we’ll look forward to Tuesday.

“It’s only half-time, they’ve got to come to our place but we all know the Championship and how ridiculous it is. We clung on a bit in the second half but we’ve got an advantage to take home.”