Thursday, 28 May, 2020

Aston Villa into playoff final after shootout win over West Brom

Tammy Abraham Stefan Johansen Aston Villa WBA Getty Aston Villa into playoff final after shootout win over West Brom
Cary Erickson | 18 May, 2019, 05:04

Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan has expressed his shock at seeing Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton sacked after the final Premier League match of the season.

Jonathan Kodjia, meanwhile, will presumably be working on his dab in preparation for the final on May 27 at Wembley.

Villa beat West Bromwich Albion 4-3 in a penalty shootout on Tuesday after their semi-final finished 2-2 on aggregate following West Brom's 1-0 win in the second leg.

The 34-year-old's crucial cameo role didn't go unnoticed by fans, who flooded social media to praise the Aussie legend. Mings has been one of Villa's best players during the second half of the season, immediately hitting the ground running and shining alongside McGinn, Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham.

The Villans will now face the victor of Thursday's semi-final between Leeds United and Derby County, with Dean Smith's men aiming to return to the Premier League after a three-year absence.

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Brunt knew what it meant for his team as soon as he walked but West Brom held out valiantly against the extra man for the remaining 40 minutes (including extra time).

Jedinak's penalty helped Villa win the shootout against West Brom.

West Brom had returned from Saturday's 2-1 loss at Villa Park with work to do and found an unlikely route back into the tie when defender Dawson nodded in Holgate's long throw in the 29th minute.

"The crowd made it tough with the atmosphere but in the end I felt we ran out worthy winners", said the midfielder.

When he arrived, the Albion were staring League One in the face but he kept them in the Championship, delivered Premier League football two years later and has now ensured there will be a third season of top flight football at the Amex in 2019-20.