Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis: We did not create enough against Aston Villa

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It was a highly memorable evening of noise and nerves, with Villa booking a place in the Championship play-off final by virtue of Mile Jedinak's goal in Saturday's first leg on Teesside.

Yet again Villa manager Steve Bruce did things the hard way just as his Hull City side did in hobbling to the play-off final after another stressful second leg against Derby two years ago.

But the success they craved to extend their season to a Wembley appointment frustratingly eluded them last night on an occasion when the hesitant hosts were ripe for the taking.

Alan Hutton and Robert Snodgrass both doubled up on Traore on Saturday, with Albert Adomah also offering additional protection, and Pulis believes his side can exploit the spaces crowding out his star winger will leave behind. "That'd be like celebrating at half-time in a league game".

If we go up, I'm staying.

. "It shows the opposition are keeping an eye on me".

'We've given ourselves an advantage, we're playing against a very experienced team and a very experienced manager (Tony Pulis).

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Aston Villa held Middlesbrough to a goalless draw at Villa Park to go through 1-0 on aggregate.

Villa have won 22 of the 24 games in which they have scored the first goal this season and those game management qualities will be applicable in this second leg.

Too attacking, and Boro could be afforded an opportunity to do some damage on the break.

Then Villa were relegated and uncapped Grealish dropped off the agenda.

It was always going to be tough. It's my first experience of the play-offs, but quite a few of the other lads have been in it so they can pass their experience on.

"If any team deserved to win the game tonight I think it was us". We did it, and it paid off.

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