Date: 27th May 2019 at 5:01pm
Written by:
Aston Villa
2 – 1
Derby County

Wembley Stadium

Championship Play-Off Final

27/05/2019 3:00 pm

Attendance: 85826

Referee: Tierney

Aston Villa Derby County
El Ghazi (44), McGinn (59) Waghorn (81)
Steer Roos
Elmohamady Bogle
Tuanzebe Keogh
Mings 86 Tomori
 
Taylor Cole
Hourihane
 
Huddlestone 63
McGinn Johnson
Adomah 73 Wilson
 
Grealish Mount
El Ghazi
 
Lawrence 73
Abraham Bennett
 
69

Substitutes

Whelan Carson
Lansbury Waghorn 69
Jedinak Jozefzoon 73
Green 73 Marriott 63
Kodjia Evans
Kalinic MacDonald
Hause 86 Knight

Game Statistics

9 Goal attempts 11
3 On Target 2
3 Corners 5
13 Fouls 17
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
43 % 57

After an eventful summer, to say the least, Aston Villa thankfully ended up with more highs than lows in the Championship campaign of 2018/19, and once new head coach Dean Smith finally got his boots under the table and was able to select a far more balanced side – history will note our history record winning streak, and it was enough to put us into the Play-Offs.

Victory over West Bromwich Albion booked our place in the Wembley showpiece Final and today was the day we looked to go one better than last year and return to the top flight, upsetting Frank Lampard and Derby County along the way.

Villa better dominated the first half, although Derby had their chances and moments on top but it felt there for the taking and Anwar El Ghazi opened that possibility up with a diving header one minute before the break.

With the expected onslaught, we saw out the first ten minutes in the second half and got ourselves two in front as John McGinn added himself to the scoresheet. Chances followed the make it three, but Derby were still in it (slightly). The game pivoted somewhat as colossal Tyrone Mings was on the floor in agony, and they got a goal back.

Mings left play and it was squeaky bum time, but bodies on the line saw us through, but it wasn’t comfortable.

We are back – the lion roars!

 

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