Aston Villa Win Promotion To The Premier League
28 May 2019, 07:16 | Updated: 28 May 2019, 07:28
Aston Villa ended their three-year Premier League exile after goals from Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn secured a deserved 2-1 win over Derby at Wembley.
A year after suffering Championship play-off final heartbreak at the hands of Fulham, Villa made amends as El Ghazi and McGinn headed home either side of half-time to give them control of a pulsating encounter.
Rams substitute Jack Marriott set up a tense finish by halving the deficit nine minutes from time but Villa dug in to hold on.
Victory for Dean Smith's side in the most lucrative game in world football will pocket the West Midlands club a minimum £170million and returns them to the top flight for the first time since relegation in 2016.
Our reporter Tom Bushell was at the match.
The win also had the royal seal of approval after Prince William was seen cheering in the crowd.
We spoke to Villa fans outside Wembley after the win.
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Villa had lost each of their last four Wembley finals, dating back to the 2000 FA Cup final which was the last one to be played at the old stadium.
After winning both league games between the sides by an aggregate score of 7-0, they were firm favourites going into the game.