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Albert Adomah warns it is too soon for Aston Villa to start thinking about Wembley

By Matt Maher | Aston Villa | Published:

Albert Adomah has warned Villa can’t afford to start thinking of Wembley despite holding the advantage in their play-off semi-final with Middlesbrough.

Albert Adomah in action during Saturday's first leg

Mile Jedinak’s first-half header was enough to earn Steve Bruce’s men a 1-0 win at the Riverside Stadium in Saturday’s first-leg.

But Adomah reckons there remains plenty of hard work to be done if Villa are to emerge triumphant when the teams meet again tomorrow - claiming the tie remains “in limbo”.

He said: "We can't think of Wembley at this moment in time. Hopefully if we do our job in the next game, then we can think about it.

“We can't get too excited at the halfway stage. Both teams are in limbo in a way.

“I know we've won and they've lost, but the important thing is that we know we can draw on Tuesday night and go through.

“At the same time we want to win the game. That will give us even more confidence in the final.”

Villa have been masters at defending a lead this season, having never been beaten and only twice failing to win games in which they have scored first.

But Adomah said: “We still can't get carried away. Saturday’s game is past now we have to focus on the next one.

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“As a team I thought we did really well going forward in the first half, and defensively in the second.

“It was a game of two halves. All Villa, and then second half it was all Boro. You can't always have it your own way. Fortunately we came out on top on Saturday.”

Adomah admitted Villa’s players are eager to succeed in order to bring some cheer to boss Bruce, who has experienced personal tragedy with the death of both parents in recent months.

"We want to do it for our gaffer because he's been through a very hard time in the last few months,” said the winger.

“I know this victory can't bring anyone back, but at least we've put some joy on his face and hopefully it can be the same on Tuesday."

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher

Chief sports writer for the Express & Star.

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