Captain John Terry admits Aston Villa are close to the dream after reaching the Sky Bet Championship play-off final.
They booked a promotion showdown with Fulham on May 26 after a 1-0 aggregate win over Middlesbrough.
Steve Bruce’s side drew 0-0 with Boro at Villa Park – which held a minute’s applause for former defender Jlloyd Samuel after he was killed in a car crash – on Tuesday to progress to the Wembley final.
Captain John Terry admits Aston Villa are close to the dream after reaching the play-off final
Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is mobbed after the final whistle against Middlesbrough
They won 1-0 at the Riverside on Saturday and Terry, who joined on a free transfer after leaving Chelsea last summer, saluted their achievement.
He told Sky Sports: ‘It’s unbelievable and incredible. The support from the lads, the dressing room is incredible. There is a great team spirit among the boys. One more step and it’ll be the dream.
‘It was quite tense, I think our game plan worked superbly so our manager deserves a lot of credit for that. The boys have been superb and we’re off to Wembley – one more to go.
‘We’ll not to get too excited, there’s still one to go. It’s a huge week ahead for us.’
Boss Steve Bruce, who brought Terry to the club, also hailed the senior players after admitting he inherited a club in a mess following relegation when he was appointed in October 2016.
He said: ‘Eighteen or 19 months ago this club was in a mess but the experienced players have done the job for us and we’re delighted about that.
‘As a one-off, it’s fantastic if you go up through the play-offs, although I would love to have been second and sitting on a beach now.’
Villa boss Steve Bruce was full of praise for his side following the final whistle at Villa Park
Before the game, Villa paid tribute to former defender Samuel who was killed in a car crash aged 37 on Tuesday.
The home side wore black armbands and there was also a minute’s applause before the game while fans chanted the defender’s name ahead of kick-off.
During the applause, Villa’s big screens showed Samuel’s two league goals for the club – both against Charlton during the 2003-04 season.