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Aston Villa fight back against West Brom to claim Championship play-off lead

Aston Villa fight back against West Brom to claim Championship play-off lead

The Baggies must continue their Sky Bet Championship promotion challenge without the striker after he was sent off in the 2-1 play-off semi-final first-leg defeat at Villa Park on Saturday.

Jed Steer (GK) - Spent the first half of the season on loan at League One Charlton Athletic, but was recalled to Villa Park due to injuries to Orjan Nyland and Nikola Kalinic and hasn't looked back since.

He said: "Those two games were teams that were out of sight". The quality of the players we've got, we can score a lot of goals, so you've got to utilise that.

"Even though we made a mistake in the first half, we knew we'd get chances in the second half".

"The boys are very positive that we can be a bit more creative and positive at times and we need to take the game to Aston Villa".

Meanwhile, Villa boss Dean Smith expects the Baggies to play an open game against them at the Hawthorns. "That's the approach we need".

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Villa won a club record 10 straight games in their final 12 outings to leap into the play-offs.

Villa eventually held on to secure a 2-1 win ahead of heading to the Hawthorns on Tuesday night for the second leg.

Dean Smith's side had initially gone behind in the first half, after a howler from Glenn Whelan but the Irish man proved to be just the remedy the home side needed. Four minutes later Grealish was fouled by Kieran Gibbs for the crucial spot kick, with West Brom furious after reviewing replays following the game.

"By keeping our width in the second half, it gave us licence to go forward and get into places".

"I didn't feel it was a good performance on Saturday". If we play to our normal standards we'll be a right threat.