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Bruce has led two teams through the playoffs to the Premier League but expected a tight encounter against the Londoners.

Bruce was appointed in October 2016, with Villa 19th, and has previously questioned the mentality and ability of some players to handle the pressure.

"There's an expectancy with a big club, big history - you need big players".

"I think it's important playing two games in the space of four days to get a couple of days rest, which the manager is hopefully going to give us!"

"We went into the first leg with a game plan and it worked".

They won the first leg 1-0 thanks to a header from Jedinak.

"It was a very good performance tonight", Terry told Sky Sports.

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"Unbelievable, incredible, the support, the lads, the dressing room is unbelievable".

"There is a great team spirit among the boys".

"The boys have been superb and we're off to Wembley, one more to go".

Despite Patrick Bamford and ex-Villa forward Rudy Gestede being thrown into the fray, Villa's goal was protected well until that huge late scare involving Downing.

A lack of scares at the other end was rather more comforting for Boro with Villa's best moment coming in the lead-up to the break when James Chester fired wide after Lewis Grabban's knockdown, while a fine saving challenge from George Friend had denied Conor Hourihane.

Boro spent around £50million in the summer to chase an instant return to the Premier League after last year's relegation, but came up short. This time they have a man with Wembley wins under his belt. We've just fallen short.

Middlesbrough, meanwhile, are 5/2 (3.5) to win the second leg - the flawless time to get their first victory against the Midlanders since 2008.


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