LONDON: Aston Villa stepped forward to inside one recreation of a go back to the foremost League after edging West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion 4-3 on penalties in the Championship playoff semi-finals on Tuesday.

West Brom gained 1-zero on the night at the Hawthorns to stage the tie at 2-2 on combination way to Craig Dawson’s first-half header.

however, the Baggies’ hopes of a right away return to the pinnacle-flight have been dented while captain Chris Brunt was despatched off 10 mins from the cease of regular time.


The hosts held out manfully in the course of extra-time, however Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer saved West Brom’s first penalties of the shootout from Mason Holgate and Ahmed Hegazi.

“There’s obviously numerous good fortune concerned but wow,” Steer told Sky sports activities. “We education consequences, so I think I need to’ve confronted a one hundred an afternoon the last few days.”

Conor Hourihane, Mile Jedinak, Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham saved their cool from the spot as Villa installation a may additionally 27 Wembley assembly with Leeds or Derby for a moneymaking place in the most reliable League.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds hold a 1-0 first-leg lead over Frank Lampard’s Rams beforehand of the second leg at Elland road on Wednesday.

Villa overlooked out in the playoff final last yr, losing 1-zero to Fulham and Grealish, who has been connected with a summer time flow to Tottenham, is keen to make amends in what will be his final game for the membership.

“the crowd made it tough with the ecosystem however in the end I felt we ran out worth winners,” said the midfielder.

“It’s no appropriate getting to Wembley and falling on the final hurdle again, so arms crossed. All people are very hungry.”