Middlesbrough faced Aston Villa in the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-finals and they were beaten at the home ground 1-0 – and Tony Pulis admitted that there is a difficult task ahead of them now.
Mile Jedinak scored a vital winner for Aston Villa and as the home side weren’t able to respond properly, Tony Pulis will have to prepare his side for an extremely difficult away fixture as they are trailing right now.
The former West Brom coach spoke about his feelings after this game as he said, according to Birmingham Mail:
“We’re disappointed. I thought we did enough not to lose the game today.”
“The set play is a disappointment; we’re disappointed to lose off that. Villa are in the ascendancy in the tie, we can’t hide that fact. We’re going to Villa Park in front of a full house.”
“There’s still a game to play and anything can happen.”
“There were times today where Adama Traore had good patches and good spells. He’s a terrific player and he’s got a terrific talent and on his day he can do things.”
“We had other players who played well today and that (Hutton’s man-marking) is due to Adama’s rise to fame more than anything.”