Jedinak's Villa through to play-off final after shootout win over West Brom

Jedinak's Villa through to play-off final after shootout win over West Brom

The Final will take place at Wembley Stadium on Monday 27 May (3pm kick off) and the victor will secure a place in the Premier League next season.

The Villans took a 2-1 lead into the clash at The Hawthorns and were heavily expected to win the tie, but few might have expected the lengthy struggle they had in eventually doing so.

Craig Dawson's first-half header left the aggregate score locked at 2-2 after 120 minutes but the visitors held their nerve from 12 yards to book a trip to Wembley for the second successive season.

Villa went about regaining their advantage, and proceedings looked to be heading back in their favour when Baggies captain Chris Brunt was sent off 10 minutes from full time. Steer was the hero though, saving penalties from Mason Holgate and Ahmed Hegazi, as Tammy Abraham scored the winning penalty.

"There's obviously a lot of luck involved but wow", Steer told Sky Sports.

"The day we knew we were in the play-offs we started working on penalties", the boyhood Villa fan, who...

The Championship playoff final is regarded as the most lucrative match in world football with last year's clash between Fulham and Villa worth about £170 million (RM915.3 million) even if, as in Fulham's case, the victor is relegated after one season in the top flight.

"The crowd made it tough with the atmosphere but in the end I felt we ran out worthy winners", said the midfielder. "All of us are very hungry".

Norwich and Sheffield United were promoted automatically after finishing as the top two in the regular season.

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