Aston Villa picked up a huge victory away to Middlesbrough on Saturday, their 1-0 win putting them on the verge of progression to the English Championship play-off final at Wembley.
It’s effectively half-time in the tie and Steve Bruce’s side know that one strong performance at home will ensure they head into the Wembley showdown for a place in next season’s English Premier League.
A first half header from Mile Jedinak was enough to secure the win, leaving Villa fans delighted and excited about Tuesday night’s match at home to Tony Pulis’ side.
They were also full of praise for Jedinak’s all-round performance throughout the 90 minutes, with the 33-year-old producing a fine defensive midfield display to protect his back four and restrict Middlesbrough to just a few chances.
Supporters will now be hoping he can hit those heights in the second leg, with another strong defensive performance likely required to keep a determined Boro side out.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Jack Grealish may have got MOTM, but only one MOTM today Mile Jedinak absolutely immense defensively cleared up the ball well and what a header for the goal #avfc
— James (@_JamesAVFC) May 12, 2018
Half time and we’re 1-0 up. What a performance from the team, defensively we were immense. Right call playing Jedinak (MOTM). Tactically Mr Bruce got it spot on. Bloody love this club. UTV #AVFC
— Reece (@Reece_AV) May 12, 2018
GIve Bruce credit with what he’s been through and then managing to pull this off today, also deserves credit by picking Jedinak who was brilliant ahead of Whelan #avfc
— Thetruevillain (@Truevillainavfc) May 12, 2018
Hutton, Jedinak and Grealish were brilliant today! What a result to take to VP on Tuesday
— Tom🌐 (@tompearce97) May 12, 2018
— Jack Clifton (@JackClifton90) May 12, 2018
Words cannot express how much I love Mile Jedinak #avfc
— Firstname Surname (@geturownnamepls) May 12, 2018
Heading home from Boro. A near-perfect away display. Defensive masterclass. Jedinak the man for the big occasion. Two-thousand away supporters made the noise of 20,000.
— Dan Connor (@danconnor) May 12, 2018
— Simon Lines (@simonlines) May 12, 2018
So proud of all the team today, Jedinak, Hutton and Grealish were superb, onto Tuesday and destiny #AVFC
— Tom Fox (@TomFox90) May 12, 2018