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Now in charge of Aston Villa, he'll be hoping for a repeat scoreline in his favour, as they take on Fulham, who beat Derby County 2-1 over two legs, in the other semi-final.

Bruce's Aston Villa are heading to Wembley later this month for the £200m shootout with Fulham after a night of excruciating tension in the west Midlands.

A 0-0 second-leg draw at Villa Park on Tuesday secured a 1-0 aggregate win for Villa and booked their place in the showdown at Wembley on May 26. "If I get my way there will certainly be a contract offered to him".

The young winger needs to start taking games by the scruff of their necks if he is to prove himself worthy of the big-name links.

From then on, Villa comfortably held out to make it to the final.

Mile Jedinak's first-half header was the difference at the Riverside last time out, and Boro still have a chance of making it to the final given the slim margin in aggregate.

Tony Pulis will be all too acutely aware Villa have lost only one of their past 10 home games at Villa Park, winning seven and drawing two.

Boro spent around £50million in the summer to chase an instant return to the Premier League after last year's relegation, but came up short.

This will give those fans another chance to tell Pulis their thoughts of him and his managements styles, something he may not be looking forward to, as it is certain to not be positive.

Villa were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Bruce was appointed in October 2016, with Villa 19th, and has previously questioned the mentality and ability of some players to handle the pressure.

"If any team deserved to win the game tonight I think it was us".

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