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


Former Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak scored with his only kick of the game as Aston Villa reached the Championship play-off final, defeating West Bromwich Albion in a penalty shootout.

Villa beat West Brom 4-3 in Wednesday's (AEST) shootout after their semi-final finished 2-2 on aggregate following the latter's 1-0 win in the second leg.

Craig Dawson's first-half header brought the Baggies level in the tie, but after captain Chris Brunt received a red card with 10 minutes of regulation time remaining, Villa assumed full control.



Despite incessant pressure from the Villans, the hosts managed to hold on through extra-time and force a shootout.

Jedinak came on with just seconds remaining in the match and - after Jed Steer put Villa in control with great saves from Mason Holgate and Ahmed Hegazi - slotted his side's second spot-kick with ease.

The Villans will now face the winner of Thursday's semi-final between Leeds United and Derby County, with Dean Smith's men aiming to return to the Premier League after a three-year absence.

The play-off final is at Wembley Stadium on May 28.

Source AAP