Aston Villa vs Derby County: Villa secure Premier League promotion after 2-1 win

Aston Villa vs Derby County: Villa secure Premier League promotion after 2-1 win

- Aston Villa vs Derby County Championship playoffs ended in favour of the Villans

- A goal each from Anwar El-Ghazi and John McGinn handed Dean Smith the needed victory

- Frank Lampard's men will have to wait another time in a bid to secure promotion back to EPL

Aston Villa are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2016 following their 2-1 win over Derby County in the final of the Championship playoffs played at Wembley Stadium on Monday, May 27.

Anwar El-Ghazi opened scoring for the Villa in the 44th minute having received a superb assist from Ahmed El Mohamady.

Dean Smith's men doubled their lead 14 minutes after resuming for the second half through a header from John McGinn.

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The 24-year-old benefited from a howler done by the Rams' goalkeeper to ensure they put themselves at a comfortable position in the game.

Meanwhile, it was Mason Mount who first fired a shot at Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer from 20 yards late in the half.

Frank Lampard's men reduced the deficit in the game through an impressive finish from Jack Marriott in the 81st minute.

The goal had gingered the visitors with less than nine minutes to wrap the match up but they were unable to find an equaliser despite the seven minutes added time by the fourth official.

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Aston Villa relegated alongside Newcastle United and Norwich City the same season Leicester City won the Premier League for the very first time in their history.

They finished bottom of the table with just 17 points after 38 round of league games and have been struggling to regain promotion into the English topflight.

Meanwhile, they tried returning to the EPl last season but succumb to Fulham's supremacy at the end of proceedings. earlier reported that Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes helping Derby County gain promotion back to Premier League could feel bigger than winning the UEFA Champions League title.

The 40-year-old was part of the Blues team who lifted their first UCL title in 2012 following their victory over Bayern Munich in Germany.

Two years after retiring from active football, he journeyed into coaching and he is close to achieving a major feat of his career. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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