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27th May 2019

Aston Villa promoted to Premier League after Play-Off Final win

Simon Lloyd

Villa are back in the Premier League after three years in the Championship

Aston Villa have been promoted to the Premier League after beating Derby County in the Championship Play-Off final at Wembley.

Having defeated West Bromwich Albion to set up their meeting with Derby, Dan Smith’s side took the lead shortly before half-time through Anwar El Ghazi.

The lead was doubled as the game approached the hour mark when John McGinn took full advantage of a goalkeeping error from Kelle Roos.

Though Villa appeared on the brink of a top flight return at this point, the lead was halved with ten minutes of normal time remaining through Jack Marriott.

Frank Lampard’s men piled on the pressure throughout the seven minutes of added-on time without creating any significant openings.

Villa return to the top flight after a three-year absence, sealing their promotion 12 months on from losing to Fulham in the Play-Off Final last season.