Villa into playoff final after shootout win over West Brom

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Jedinak's Villa through to play-off final after shootout win over West Brom

Gary Lineker has praised reported Tottenham Hotspur target Jack Grealish on Twitter for his performance for Aston Villa against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday evening.

Leeds United and Derby are in the other playoff semi-final.

Craig Dawson scored the only goal at Hawthorns to level on aggregate and send the tie all the way to penalties. Their second leg is on Wednesday, with Leeds protecting a 1-0 lead at their Elland Road home.

West Brom started with one change in Jacob Murphy to Villa's two in Conor Hourihane and Andre Green.

However, the Baggies' hopes of an immediate return to the top-flight were dented when captain Chris Brunt was sent-off 10 minutes from the end of normal time.

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Villa kept momentum, but Johnstone plucked out Adomah's header from the post four minutes later, as the match went to a penalty shoot-out. Steer was the hero though, saving penalties from Mason Holgate and Ahmed Hegazi, as Tammy Abraham scored the winning penalty.

Steer saved his first two chances and Villa was almost ideal from the spot to move on the final, where a place in the Premier League will be on the line against either Leeds or Derby.

"There's obviously a lot of luck involved but wow - we practise penalties, so I think I must've faced 100 a day the last few days", Steer said.

The Championship playoff final is regarded as the most lucrative match in world football with last year's clash between Fulham and Villa worth about £170 million (RM915.3 million) even if, as in Fulham's case, the victor is relegated after one season in the top flight.

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