Mile Jedinak one game from Premier League return with Aston Villa

Mile Jedinak one game from Premier League return with Aston Villa

After a 1-0 win at the Riverside Stadium in the first leg of this Championship play-off semi-final tie, Aston Villa now host Middlesbrough in Tuesday's second leg.

But his hopes of a fifth promotion from the second tier remain intact - and over the two legs Villa's progression was merited.

At the heart of that defence was former Chelsea and England centre back John Terry who joined the club past year on a free transfer and whose appointment as captain appears to have had a significant impact.

The two teams will be competing for a chance to play Fulham in the final at Wembley after the Cottagers overturned a first leg deficit to beat Derby County 2-1 on aggregate, winning 2-0 at home on Monday evening.

"I'm not concerned about Aston Villa, I'm more concerned about us and the way we play and what we're trying to achieve". The support from the lads, the dressing room is incredible.

"We're going into the game with a lot of confidence", he said.

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"There's a great team spirit among the boys".

A lack of scares at the other end was rather more comforting for Boro with Villa's best moment coming in the lead-up to the break when James Chester fired wide after Lewis Grabban's knockdown, while a fine saving challenge from George Friend had denied Conor Hourihane.

The Australian's well-placed header from a corner gave Villa a deserved lead in the 15th minute. But he could still win the game for them, and I'm sure he's desperate to do that against his old club.

'But we have just got to keep doing what we are doing.

Terry says Bruce deserves credit for how he set his Aston Villa team up tonight but he has warned his team-mates they still have one more job to do.

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