Bruce: Villa were a mess after relegation

Bruce: Villa were a mess after relegation

"If any team deserved to win the game tonight I think it was us".

Mile Jedinak's headed goal was enough to separate the two teams in the first leg at The Riverside last week and history is certainly on Villa's side as none of the previous 15 teams in the second tier of English football to have won the first leg of a play-off semi-final away from home have failed to reach the final.

He said: 'It's a big club, history and tradition and you need big players.

Steve Bruce's side will now face Fulham on May 26 at Wembley, for a place in the Premier League.

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

Three of the four that managed to keep a clean sheet in the first leg retained their places with only the injured Ahmed Elmohamady missing from the game at Villa Park. The support from the lads, the dressing room is incredible.

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"Let's not get too excited, there's still one more to go".

Randolph then came to the fore as he made two fine saves from Lewis Grabban before getting fingertips to a long-range effort from Jack Grealish.

Both of Pulis' former Premier League clubs in Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion have been relegated to the Championship for next season with the Welshman having played some part in the latter's drop, being sacked as recent as November.

"It irks me a little bit but the teams who finished third and fourth are going to Wembley and that's justification of what they've done over the season".

Bruce said: "If I'm being brutally honest, maybe the referee got that wrong, maybe it could have been a red card".

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