"It was always going to be tough but what has got us through is our defence over two games".
At the heart of that defence was former Chelsea and England centre back John Terry who joined the club past year on a free transfer and whose appointment as captain appears to have had a significant impact.
"It was a very good performance tonight", Terry told Sky Sports. I think our game-plan and game setup worked superbly, so the manager deserves a lot of credit for that.
Boro boss Pulis know that there's a tricky challenge facing his side tonight, but isn't refusing to give up hope of making a comeback; "Villa are in the ascendency in the tie, we've got to go to Villa Park in front of a full house so that gives them the advantage".
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"It was agony towards the end, if I'm being honest".
"It irks me a little bit but the teams who finished third and fourth are going to Wembley and that's justification of what they've done over the season".
The home fans erupted in wild celebrations at fulltime and flooded onto the pitch to join the players.
A 0-0 draw on the night has ensured that Villa have become the 16th consecutive team to reach the second tier play-off final having won the first leg away from home. "There's still 90 minutes to play and anything can happen", he said.
Yet again, like the first leg, Traore let his team-mates down with a poor final ball which saw his attempts either go out for a goal kick or hit the first Villa man after such promising dribbles.