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May 27, 2019 at 3pm UK at Villa Park
Attendance: 85,826
Aston Villa
2-1
DerbyDerby County
El Ghazi (44'), McGinn (59')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Waghorn (81')

Result: Aston Villa hold off Derby County to seal Premier League return

Aston Villa earn a Premier League return after three seasons away thanks to a 2-1 win over Midlands rivals Derby County at Wembley Stadium.

Aston Villa have defeated Derby County 2-1 in the Championship playoff final to seal their return to the Premier League following a three-year absence.

The Villans were beaten 1-0 by Fulham in this showpiece fixture 12 months ago, but they came out on top this afternoon to break the hearts of their Midlands rivals.

Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn scored either side of half time, with the latter given a huge helping hand by County keeper Kelle Roos, and Villa saw the job through despite substitute Jack Marriott's goal in the final 10 minutes.

Derby bombarded their opponents' goal but there was to be no way through, meaning the return of Premier League football at Villa Park next season for the first time since 2016.

John McGinn celebrates after scoring Aston Villa's second goal against Derby County in the Championship playoff final on May 27, 2019© Reuters

Villa won both of the regular league fixtures between these sides this season by an aggregate 7-0 scoreline and they settled the quicker here.

A couple of Jack Grealish corners caused some panic in the Derby box, but Axel Tuanzebe could not capitalise as he miscued his shot from seven yards after failing to properly adjust his feet.

Grealish had a good opportunity two minutes later following a poor clearance from Roos, but he sent his swerving shot over the crossbar from the edge of the box after cutting inside.

Tammy Abraham turned in the area and curled a shot over and Mason Mount had a tame attempt from 25 yards smothered by Jed Steer as the game became more open.

The breakthrough moment arrived just before half time as Ahmed Elmohamady sent a delightful cross to the edge of the six-yard box and El Ghazi got in front of Jayden Bogle to steer his header into the far corner.

Aston Villa's John McGinn in action with Derby County's Harry Wilson as Villa boss Dean Smith looks on during the Championship playoff final on May 27, 2019© Reuters

Derby famously came back to beat Leeds United in the semi-finals, but their task was made twice as difficult with an hour played as McGinn nipped in to score a second for the Villans.

El Ghazi's shot deflected into the air, Roos failed to gather six yards out and the ball hit the head of McGinn and trickled over the line.

Lampard took action by making three subs in quick succession and that gave Derby an attacking threat that they had lacked for most of the afternoon.

Anwar El Ghazi celebrates with his Aston Villa teammates after opening the scoring against Derby County in the Championship playoff final on May 27, 2019© Reuters

Bogle blasted into the side-netting after getting away from El Ghazi when he had substitute Martyn Waghorn alongside him, while fellow sub Marriott - the hero at Elland Road two weeks ago - guided a volley inches wide on the turn.

Marriott once again made a big impact from the bench, though, as he controlled Florian Jozefzoon's pass and picked out the bottom corner to give the Rams a big lifeline with eight minutes to go.

A further seven minutes were added on at the end because of an injury to Tyrone Mings in the build-up to Marriott's well-taken finish, but Derby struggled to create another chance as Villa held on to return to the summit of English football at their rivals' expense.

ASTON VILLA (4-2-3-1): Steer; Elmohamady, Tuanzebe, Mings (Hause 86'), Taylor; Hourihane, McGinn; Adomah (Green 73'), Grealish, El Ghazi; Abraham

DERBY COUNTY (4-2-3-1): Roos; Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Cole; Huddlestone (Marriott 63'), Johnson; Wilson, Mount, Lawrence (Jozefzoon 73'); Bennett (Waghorn 69')

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