Steve Bruce: 'End of Championship playoff semi-final was agony'

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Aston Villa were held to a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough at Villa Park on Tuesday night and fans were delighted with the performance of one of their key players on social media following the game.

At the heart of that defence was former Chelsea and England centre back John Terry who joined the club previous year on a free transfer and whose appointment as captain appears to have had a significant impact. It was important we didn't concede. Another clean sheet in two games, so very good.

"It was quite tense, I think our game plan worked superbly so our manager deserves a lot of credit for that".

The referee awarded Boro a free kick just outside the box, which Stewart Downing blasted against the bar, but Sam Johnstone only received a yellow card for handling the ball outside his area, much to the bemusement of viewers at home.

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"It's a hard season, it's a long season but they've been the third and fourth best teams in the league so you have to take it on the chin".

"It was agony towards the end, if I'm being honest".

And if Villa knocks off Fulham on May 26, Bruce will have led two Hull City, Birmingham City, and Aston Villa into the top flight via the playoff, once more each with Hull and Birmingham via the league route.

Hutton was backed by Steve Bruce in the play-offs, with the Scot given a man-marking role to do on Middlesbrough's Adama Traore. We've given ourselves a good chance. "We're going to Wembley, let's enjoy it".

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