Aston Villa a game away from Premier League return
Aston Villa a game away from Premier League return

Aston Villa a game away from Premier League return

Aston Villa is a game away from returning to the English Premier League after seeing off West Brom 4-3 in post-match penalties on Tuesday night at the Hawthorns.

Goalkeeper Jed Steer was Villa’s hero as he saved two spot-kicks to help his side advanced to the Championship play-off final where they will face either Leeds or Derby County.

Villa went into the game a goal up after a 2-1 first leg win but Craig Dawson's first-half header left the aggregate score locked at 2-2 after 120 minutes but the visitors held their nerve from 12 yards to book a trip to Wembley for the second successive season.

Sent Off

Mason Holgate and Ahmed Hegazi failed to convert before Tammy Abraham stroked home the decisive effort in a cruel end for Jimmy Shan's side, who had Chris Brunt sent off for a second yellow card in the 80th minute.

West Brom had returned from Saturday's 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 odds swung in Villa’s favour when Brunt earned a second booking for scything down John McGinn, and only former Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone's brilliant denial of Albert Adomah prevented the match from being settled inside 90 minutes.


West Brom hung on throughout 30 minutes of extra time, but Steer's twin saves in the shoot-out meant Adomah's subsequent miss counted for little.

Villa's hopes for Premier League promotion will now rest on a May 27 date with either Leeds United or Derby County, the winner of which will be decided at Elland Road on Wednesday; Leeds hold a 1-0 first-leg lead over Frank Lampard's outfit.

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