Elmo: ‘We must aim to win again’

By Graham Hill

AHMED Elmohamady says Villa must not go to Albion on Tuesday looking for a draw.

Villa hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg after coming from a goal down thanks to goals from Conor Hourihane and a Tammy Abraham penalty.

If it is honours even at The Hawthorns, then Villa will return to Wembley for their second successive Championship Play-off final.

But Elmohamady says Villa will go there looking to make sure they go through.

The Egypt international told Villa’s official website: “We played well on Saturday, particularly in the second half to come back.

“We moved the ball quicker and got in their final third.

“We’ll go there and play our game as we do at every away ground.

“We have to go there with confidence and try and win the match.”

Villa have another advantage with Baggies striker Dwight Gayle suspended for the game after being sent off son Saturday for collecting two yellow cards.

As things stand, Villa are on course to meet Leeds United in the final for a place in the Premier League.

That would be a game that brings back recent memories of Villa’s visit to Elland Road when the game erupted after Marcelo Bielsa’s side scored despite play appearing to stop when Jonathan Kodia was down injured.

Leeds then ‘gifted’ Villa a goal when Albert Adomah was allowed to run through and score – but the incidents of that day will not be forgotten if the teams meet once more in the final.

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