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Published On: Tue, May 14th, 2019

Championship play-off final date: When will Aston Villa play Leeds or Derby? | Football | Sport


Aston Villa reached the Championship play-off final with a 4-3 penalty shootout win after a tense semi-final second leg at The Hawthorns.

Goalkeeper Jed Steer was the hero, saving spot kicks from West Brom defenders Mason Holgate and Ahmed Hegazi after his side had lost 1-0 in normal time.

Tammy Abraham scored the decisive penalty after winger Albert Adomah spurned the chance to put Villa into the final at the first time of asking in the shootout, sending his effort over the bar.

Steer said: “I think I must have faced about 100 penalties a day for the past few days. It’s nice to make a couple of saves and the boys’ penalties were brilliant.”

Abraham added: “What a keeper. I like the pressure but it’s down to Jed – he saved us today.”

Defender Craig Dawson gave West Brom the early goal they craved, putting his side ahead just before the half-hour mark to level the tie.

The hosts, who were 2-1 down from the first leg at Villa Park, suffered a major blow ten minutes before the end of normal time when captain Chris Brunt was sent off for a second bookable offence.

The influential midfielder received his marching orders in the culmination of a lengthy feud with Villa midfielder John McGinn.

West Brom spent almost the entirety of the rest of the match defending resolutely, frustrating their Midlands rivals as the visitors struggled to find a way through.

The Baggies, who were missing top scorer Dwight Gayle following his red card in the first leg, held firm to take the tie to penalties.

The result means that 17 of the last 19 sides to win the first leg of a Championship play-off semi-final have reached the final.

Dean Smith will take the club he supports back to the Premier League for the first time since 2015 should they go one better than their setback at the last hurdle last season and beat the winner of Leeds or Derby.

The Villans will be desperate to avenge their Championship play-off final heartbreak last season, when an early Tom Cairney strike for victors Fulham consigned them to another season in the second tier.

They beat their Midlands rivals at The Hawthorns for the first time in eight matches, ending a run stretching back to a 2-1 win in September 2008.

Villa have plenty of Wembley winners within their ranks, including midfielder Jack Grealish, who starred in a 2-1 win against Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-finals in 2015.

Hourihane, whose sumptuous long-range strike sent Villa on their way in the semi-final first leg, was part of the Barnsley side who won the EFL Trophy and League One play-offs at the national stadium in 2016.

Abraham said: “It means the world to everyone. We’re going to Wembley and we just have to do the final bit.”

Championship playoff final date 2019 – when is the Championship playoff final?

The Championship playoff final takes place on Monday, May 27 at 3pm.

Sky Sports will broadcast the domestic season finale.

Fans can live stream the final from the Sky Go app on mobile devices and PCs.

Sky Sports passes are available from NowTV.



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