But his hopes of a fifth promotion from the second tier remain intact - and over the two legs Villa's progression was merited. It has become a theme these past few months.
It proved a hugely demoralising moment for Boro, whose supporters with long memories will recall how a last-gasp home goal from Villa's Stuart Gray effectively relegated the Teesside club from the top flight in 1989. He eventually settled on England.
Villa will now face Fulham in the final at Wembley Stadium on May 26. The Championship play-offs are nothing if not gloriously unpredictable and even the most optimistic Fulham fan won't be getting too giddy just yet.
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"Unbelievable, incredible, the support, the lads, the dressing room is unbelievable". Middlesbrough, however, could still make it an uncomfortable occasion for the locals at Villa Park.
On Saturday, Grealish won their personal battle, setting up Mile Jedinak's victor with a pinpoint set-piece and finding pockets of midfield space while Traore was running up a series of blind alleys. "Not really", he said.
Grealish admits Villa have been working on plans to contain Traore, but insists his team-mates will not be seeking to kick the Spaniard out of tonight's game. "We're looking forward to it, but it's only half-time. Another clean sheet and a great night", Terry said.
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Part of Villa's confidence will stem from the stat that they have not lost a game this season in which they have taken the lead.
Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff were promoted automatically from the League Championship. The issue is also what to do with Adama and the severe man marking he will be encountered with again at Villa Park.
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