Published: Mon, May 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Championship play-off final date: When is Championship play-off final?

Championship play-off final date: When is Championship play-off final?

Aston Villa took advantage of a late collapse from West Bromwich Albion to edge a 2-1 victory over their midlands rivals in the Championship play-off semi-final first leg on Saturday.

Gayle, West Brom's top goalscorer this season, was sent off two minutes from time for a second yellow card, meaning that he will miss the second leg at The Hawthorns on Tuesday. That's where we want him on the ball in the final third. We had to try and open them up and we found it hard.

In the 78th minute, former Arsenal man Kieran Gibbs tackled Jack Grealish inside the penalty area to award them a penalty. We can certainly perform a lot better.

West Brom caretaker boss James Shan: "I thought we were very, very good".

Gayle made it a final 15 minutes to forget for Albion when he slid in to try and convert a low cross but clattered Steer and saw red.

With 14 minutes to go, it looked like Dwight Gayle's first-half goal (16) after Glenn Whelan's error was going to leave Villa with a uphill battle in the second leg. "We have a great side and we will just have to find a way to beat them".

"He's got booked for allegedly time-wasting for the throw-ins".

Hourihane entered the fray in the 70th minute, and four minutes later he got onto a finely paced Jack Grealish pass to swing a lovely shot past goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who was left motionless in the middle of his goal.

"When people believe in you it gives you that extra confidence".

Shan admitted Albion must approach the home leg on the front foot if they are going to overturn the deficit and reach Wembley. Maybe tactically we have to have a different approach.

"It's simple communication, when the ball gets squared (for the first goal), to get people in the right slots".

As football has shown us this week, no lead is a solid one.

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