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Result: Aston Villa hold off Derby County to seal Premier League return

Aston Villa earn a Premier League return after three seasons away thanks to a 2-1 win over Midlands rivals Derby County at Wembley Stadium. Aston Villa have defeated Derby County 2-1 in the Championship playoff final to seal their return to the Premier League following a three-year absence. The Villans were beaten 1-0 by Fulham in this showpiece fixture 12 months ago, but they came out on top this afternoon to break the hearts of their Midlands rivals. Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn scored either side of half time, with the latter given a huge helping hand by County keeper Kelle Roos, and Villa saw the job through despite substitute Jack Marriott‘s goal in the final 10 minutes. Derby bombarded their opponents’ goal but there was to be no way through, meaning the return of Premi...

Result: Derby County stun Leeds United to reach Championship playoff final

Derby County beat Leeds United 4-2 at Elland Road and 4-3 on aggregate to set up a Championship playoff final clash with Midlands rivals Aston Villa. Derby County have booked a place in the Championship playoff final with a remarkable 4-2 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road, recovering from a two-goal aggregate deficit to progress through 4-3 on aggregate. The Rams, trailing 1-0 from Saturday’s first leg, found themselves with a mountain to climb when Stuart Dallas found a way through 24 minutes in. County boss Frank Lampard brought on Jack Marriott towards the end of the first half, though, and that proved an inspired change as the striker kickstarted his side’s comeback following a big error at the back from Kiko Casilla and Liam Cooper. Mason Mount levelled up the tie l...

Result: Kemar Roofe strikes as Leeds United secure first-leg advantage

Kemar Roofe scores the only goal of the match as Leeds United record a 1-0 win over Derby County in the first leg of their Championship playoff semi-final at Pride Park. Kemar Roofe scored the only goal of the match as Leeds United recorded a 1-0 win over Derby County in the first leg of their Championship playoff semi-final at Pride Park. Both teams had chances during an open and entertaining affair, but Roofe’s 55th-minute strike was the difference as Leeds secured an advantage ahead of the second leg at Elland Road on Wednesday night. There was a hugely controversial moment in the latter stages, though, when Derby were awarded a penalty before the decision was overturned by referee Craig Pawson‘s assistant. © Reuters The first real chance of the match fell to Derby in the ei...

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