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Tammy Abraham scored a crucial goal as Aston Villa took one step closer to a Premier League return as they beat West Bromwich Albion in the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-finals.
Abraham scored the winning goal in the 77th minute as Villa came from behind to win the game.
Jack Grealish was brought down in the box by Kieran Gibbs for a Villa penalty, and Abraham stepped up to send the ball home, with the Villa fans chanting his name as he prepared to take the kick.
It was was Abraham’s first since dislocating his shoulder against Bolton Wanderers on 19 April, making it his 20th of the Championship season, making him the first player to score that number at home in a single Championship campaign since Glenn Murray for Crystal Palace in 2012/13.
Abraham and the Villans will now take their lead into the second leg of their semi at The Hawthorns on Tuesday evening.
It has been a productive season for Abraham who has scored 23 goals in all competitions this season, and Abraham had revealed in March that his next aim is to prove himself at Chelsea next season.
“That’s the aim going into next season,” Abraham told Sky Sports News. “As a young kid, I’ve always believed I will play for Chelsea. I always believe that.
“I think I have the ability to. I just have to, when I get the opportunity, grab it with two hands.”
Chelsea might not be able to sign a striker this summer after being hit with a transfer ban, and it’ll be wise for the club to call on Abraham to fight for a place in the first team after two successful loan seasons away from the club.