Aston Villa will face Fulham in a money-spinning Wembley showdown for a place in the Premier League after Steve Bruce’s side overcame Middlesbrough in their play-off semi-final.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg at the Riverside, Villa secured a goalless draw at home that was enough to book them a place in the final.

Jack Grealish and Lewis Grabban both came close to securing Bruce’s side the win before keeper Sam Johnstone escaped a red card for handling a shot outside the area in the final few minutes. Stewart Downing hit the bar from the resulting free-kick as Boro pressed but failed to find a leveller.

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Stewart Downing hit the bar as Middlesbrough were beaten by Aston Villa in the play-offs

Stewart Downing hit the bar as Middlesbrough were beaten by Aston Villa in the play-offs

Stewart Downing hit the bar as Middlesbrough were beaten by Aston Villa in the play-offs

Lewis Grabban missed a couple of good chances but Villa still reached the final on Tuesday

Lewis Grabban missed a couple of good chances but Villa still reached the final on Tuesday

Lewis Grabban missed a couple of good chances but Villa still reached the final on Tuesday

Middlesbrough forward Britt Assombalonga is put under pressure by Villa's Conor Hourihane

Middlesbrough forward Britt Assombalonga is put under pressure by Villa's Conor Hourihane

Middlesbrough forward Britt Assombalonga is put under pressure by Villa’s Conor Hourihane

Jack Grealish dribbles as Ryan Shotton and Adam Traore look to close the winger down

Jack Grealish dribbles as Ryan Shotton and Adam Traore look to close the winger down

Jack Grealish dribbles as Ryan Shotton and Adam Traore look to close the winger down

The Villa starlet was later denied by a stunning Darren Randolph save during the second half

The Villa starlet was later denied by a stunning Darren Randolph save during the second half

The Villa starlet was later denied by a stunning Darren Randolph save during the second half

Middlesbrough's Adam Clayton slides into a challenge on Villa midfielder Robert Snodgrass

Middlesbrough's Adam Clayton slides into a challenge on Villa midfielder Robert Snodgrass

Middlesbrough’s Adam Clayton slides into a challenge on Villa midfielder Robert Snodgrass

Villa boss Steve Bruce dishes out instructions to his side during Tuesday night's second leg

Villa boss Steve Bruce dishes out instructions to his side during Tuesday night's second leg

Villa boss Steve Bruce dishes out instructions to his side during Tuesday night’s second leg

Shotton gets in front of Snodgrass to win the ball back for the away side in the first half

Shotton gets in front of Snodgrass to win the ball back for the away side in the first half

Shotton gets in front of Snodgrass to win the ball back for the away side in the first half

Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone looks to claim a cross into the box as Shotton challenges

Neither side gave an inch as they battled for a place in the play-off final against Fulham

Neither side gave an inch as they battled for a place in the play-off final against Fulham

Neither side gave an inch as they battled for a place in the play-off final against Fulham

Albert Adomah looks to work a cross in to the box as Villa tried to close out the contest

Albert Adomah looks to work a cross in to the box as Villa tried to close out the contest

Albert Adomah looks to work a cross in to the box as Villa tried to close out the contest

Before kick-off, the two teams paid their respects to Jlloyd Samuel, who died on Tuesday

Before kick-off, the two teams paid their respects to Jlloyd Samuel, who died on Tuesday

Before kick-off, the two teams paid their respects to Jlloyd Samuel, who died on Tuesday

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