A 1-0 nil victory over Leeds United at Villa Park on Friday evening saw Aston Villa confirm their Play-Off spot for the season of 2017/18.
Lewis Grabban’s goal just shy of the half-hour mark was enough to secure all three points as the latest round of fixtures played out, although automatic promotion hopes remain alive, our season extension via the Play-Offs is now confirmed.
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— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish1) April 13, 2018
Well done boys 3 points is what it’s all about at this stage thanks to the villa fans for your support and thanks to you leeds fans for clapping me at the end ???? pic.twitter.com/s6iJefPQKf
— Robert snodgrass (@robsnodgrass7) April 13, 2018
✅ Back-to-back wins
✅ Back-to-back clean sheets
✅ Play-off place secured (as a minimum)
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 13, 2018
????⚽️ Play-Off spot secured with 1-0 win over @LUFC
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 14, 2018
— Ahmed Elmohamady (@Elmo_27) April 14, 2018
Whilst the game itself was hardly a classic, and few could argue with that sentiment, fans were content enough with the three points and confirmation of the Play-Off spot.
Brilliant play last night Elmo. Fully give it your all every game. Underrated in my opinion. You belong in our team and can only get better. Fantastic game last night, keep it up ????????
— Rachy Patrick (@RachyAVFC) April 14, 2018
— tony montana (@blackSabbath691) April 14, 2018
Now secure a Premier League spot for next season. ????
— AndyToKnow (@bradfadbad69) April 15, 2018
I think it's fair to say we would have taken that, had it been offered at the start of the season.
— Rob Bishop (@robbishopavfc) April 14, 2018
— rob nicholl (@rjnicholl) April 14, 2018
Good assist Jack
— Riki (@RikiMahardi) April 15, 2018
Boss it in the play offs and then star for us in the Premiership ! UTV !!
— Keith Rooms (@RoomsKeith) April 14, 2018
Guaranteed play off place now I’m told ⚽️
— Nick Jacobs (@jacobsnick74) April 13, 2018
We’ve probably had our best points return in a season ever and at times it’s been all doom and gloom ????
— Peter Virgilio (@avfcpv1) April 14, 2018
Ipswich Town, Derby County and then Millwall to complete the season now. The expectation is we’ll get home advantage for the second leg of the Semi-Finals stage but it’s still all to play for and again, form is always key when it comes to the Play-Offs and Villa can certainly improve on that front as we all know where we sit in terms of our performances lately.
As these next few games tick by the makeup of the Play-Off spots will be clearer as it’s still wide open really from 5th place down to Bristol City in 11th spot so I wouldn’t be placing bets on who we will face just yet.
Nobody wanted the Play-Offs to come down to Millwall on the final day and we’ve avoided that scenario, but we can still have a big say on who makes 5th and 6th place so Derby and Millwall cannot be underestimated.
Villa can’t start thinking ahead just yet and get sidetracked and I’m sure Steve Bruce will be trying to drum that into the players.