Mile Jedinak soars to sink Boro and steer Aston Villa toward play-off final

Steve Bruce will always look back on the first half of 2018 as one of the unhappiest chapters in his personal life but, professionally at least, things are looking up a little. Aston Villa’s manager is grieving following the death of his father in February and his mother at the start of this month, yet remains intensely committed to achieving a promotion, the fifth of his managerial career, that he had until recently hoped to celebrate with them.

Mile Jedinak’s first-half header from a quickly taken corner places Bruce well on course to fulfil that hope, leaving Tony Pulis’s Middlesbrough with it all to do in the second leg at Villa Park on Tuesday night.

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via Football | The Guardian

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