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Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn are all halfway through when Aston Villa win the Sky Bet Championship play-off final
Last update: 27.05.19, 18:23
Aston Villa are back in the Premier League after beating Derby 2-1 in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley.
A year after losing last season's play-off final, Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn, who picked up a mistake from Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos, both sides of the break, took Villa to the top league three years later.
Dean Smith changed only once to his Aston Villa team when Albert Adomah replaced Andre Green.
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard made two forced changes for Derby. Scott Malone was suspended, leaving Ashley Cole as a left-back. Due to the injury of Duane Holmes Tom Huddlestone started in midfield.
For Derby, who became nervous with a late goal from Martyn Waghorn for Villa, it was another trip to the play-offs. The wait for the top football is now eleven years, and they will play again next season in the championship.
Meanwhile, Dean Smith, who started the Brentford-sponsored season, was famed for directing his youth club to where many feel affiliated.
The breakthrough came shortly before the break. It was a game that lacked quality in the final third at either end until Ahmed Elmohamady's brilliant cross was deflected in the six-yard box by El Ghazi in the 44th minute, although it seemed to come more from his shoulder than from his head.
Aston Villa: Steer (8), Taylor (7), Tuanzebe (7), Elmohamady (8), Mings (8), McGinn (8), Grealish (6), Hourihane (6), Adomah (6), El Ghazi (7) Abraham (6)
Subs: Green (n / a), home (n / a)
Derby: Roos (3), Bogle (7), Keogh (7), Tomori (7), Cole (6), Johnson (6), Huddlestone (4), Mount (7), Wilson (6), Lawrence (5), Bennett (5)
Subs: Marriot (7), Waghorn (6), Jozefoon (not available)
Man of the Game: John McGinn
El Ghazi played a key role for Villa in the 59th minute, and it was a moment that goalkeeper Roos desperately wanted to forget. El Ghazi's shot was deflected high, and Roos rushed out to claim it, but could only spill it onto McGinn's head, gratefully nodding into an empty net, though he was not fully aware of it.
Derby boss Frank Lampard responded quickly by throwing on striker Jack Marriott, and Waghorn and Derby improved. Twice they had a good chance shortly after the 70-minute mark, but Jayden Bogle could only find the outside net from a tight angle before Mason Mount shot wide at the edge of the box.
Marriott, who surprisingly did not start in the semi-finals after his heroic victory against Leeds, almost made a comeback when his smart touch and the shot of Bogle's knockdown were deflected by substitute Waghorn into the bottom corner.
Derby pushed and pushed for a break, but Villa managed to send fans to Claret and Blue Wild.
Man of the Game – John McGinn
Or & # 39; Super John McGinn & # 39; to give him his full name. The midfielder has been a revelation to Aston Villa this season, who is buzzing through the park with meaning and intensity, constantly harassing Derby. His goal, as much as he knew, proved to be decisive in the end.
Dean Smith: "They are a great group of boys, from the day I worked with them they have different ideas, they are sponges, they work hard and these last 15 minutes were the longest I have ever had.
"We played Stoke Away, John McGinn was suspended, Jack Grealish was out, too many hands were raised, and I roasted them, so from that moment they were brilliant, but I would not just put it back." Since then we have Jack back, Axel Tuanzebe has come back. We had some great players who missed a lot of the season.
"If somebody told me at the end of February that I was here as Premier League manager, I would have said you are crackers, but we made history by winning ten games."
Frank Lampard: "When we started to get on the ball and play the way we wanted to, we put pressure on, obviously a big disappointment, but at the same time, my outstanding feeling is the pride for the guys there.
"They are disappointed because they wanted it as much as they should, but when a group gets along as well as they do and when a group has broken through their contracts with teens and players in the last year, you have a real mix I managed to get this far and I'm just proud.
"I'm not interested in speculation, I'll probably talk to Mel Morris, the owner, in the next few days, when the dust settles, and then we'll see how it goes, I have a two year contract and I love it The fans are giving the players an ovation … so we'll see. "
Aston Villa will play in the Premier League next season, while Derby will remain in the Sky Bet championship for the 2019/20 season, which begins on the weekend of 2-4 August.