Aston Villa beat West Brom on penalties to reach Championship play-off final

14 May 2019 10:00
Aston Villa have a shot at redemption. Twelve months on from their play-off final defeat against Fulham, Villa are back at Wembley and 90 minutes from a return to the Premier League after a long, fraught and draining contest ended with Dean Smith’s side triumphing on penalties. Tammy Abraham converted the winning kick against their West Midlands rivals, after Jed Steer had saved two penalties at the start of the shootout.Earlier in the evening, Craig Dawson’s header, just before the half-hour mark, had levelled things up on aggregate, but the complexion of the game changed after Albion found themselves down to 10 men for the second time in four days, when Chris Brunt, their captain, picked up two yellow cards for fouls on John McGinn. Albion managed to cling on in extra time but Villa prevailed 4-3 on penalties. Related: West Brom v Aston Villa: Championship play-off semi-final, second leg – live! Related: Frank Lampard tells Derby to rise to play-off pressure and sink Leeds Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sport Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian