Championship play-offs: Aston Villa pip West Brom to final spot

Mings has regained his form at Aston Villa

Dean Smith's side will now face either Leeds United or Derby County at Wembley for a place in the Premier League.

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

Despite the fact he'd only played limited minutes over the course of the season, the former Socceroos captain showed nerves of steel to smash his spot-kick into the bottom corner of the goal.

As it was, the Villans were pulled back in the tie in the first half when Craig Dawson rose high in the penalty box to head Albion level on aggregate, and set up a barnstormer of a night of football.

Brunt was dismissed in the 80th minute of Tuesday night's clash at the Hawthorns for a mistimed lunge on Villa midfielder John McGinn, earning him a second yellow card.

The hosts had Chris Brunt sent off with 10 minutes of normal time remaining but keeper Sam Johnstone made a stunning reflex save to deny Albert Adomah and take the tie into extra time.

In the end, however, Villa squeezed through 4-3 on penalties thanks to two saves from Jed Steer and Tammy Abraham rather fortuitously converting their fifth and final spot kick.

Villa win on penalties!

"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.

Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds hold a 1-0 first leg leads over Frank Lampard's Rams ahead of the second leg at Elland Road on Wednesday.

Aston Villa will contest the second-tier League Championship playoff final as the club seeks a return to the Premier League after an absence of three years.

"All of us are very hungry and have good legs in us".

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