Aston Villa 'want Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham in £25million deal'

Aston Villa boss Smith inspired by Liverpool and Tottenham’s heroics

But Villa's response late in the game, inspired by captain Jack Grealish, swung the momentum and substitute Conor Hourihane equalised in the 75th minute.

Two goals in four minutes saw Aston Villa's bid to restore their Premier League status given a huge boost as they beat Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in their Championship play-off semi-final at Villa Park.

NEWPORT booked their place at Wembley by beating Mansfield 5-3 on penalties after both sides missed a host of chances in their semi-final.

STRIKER Lyle Taylor says Charlton are satisfied at returning to the Valley with a lead despite conceding a last-gasp goal at Doncaster. For us it is a massive bonus to have someone like Jack in the team.

Villa went behind when Gayle drilled in from the edge of the area in the 16th minute after Glenn Whelan's error gave him a clear run through. Someone like him gets the ball and he keeps going and keeps going. "It is always nice to have that behind you".

Aston Villa will make a £25million bid to sign on-loan striker Tammy Abraham from Chelsea if they earn promotion to the Premier League, according to reports.

WEST Brom's top-scorer Dwight Gayle will play no further part in the play-offs after being sent off in West Brom's 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa.

Whelan explained why Smith must slot the 28-year-old, who has scored nine goals and supplied 12 assists from central midfield this season, back into the starting XI.

"It is massive. He is a great player, a great finisher and a Premier League striker", said the England Under-21 worldwide.

"We knew it was going to be hard".