In a thrilling Championship Playoff final at Wembley this afternoon, Aston Villa hung on grimly after going two goals up in the second half and managed to win 2-1 and get promoted back to the Premier League.
But it was a great comeback by Derby County with 30 minutes to go as manager Frank Lampard changed things around and put more attackers on the field.
El Ghazi had put Villa ahead just before half time with a well-taken goal but then goalkeeper Kelle Roos committed a real howler when he should have easily collected a cross, but allowed McGinn to move in and put the ball in the net.
That was 2-0 after 59 minutes.
It was then that Derby came back strongly as they had done against Leeds in the semi-final.
They got one back when Waghorn scored a good goal with 9 minutes left.
Tammy Abraham – Aston Villa have first option to buy him this summer – after their promotion today
Villa were wasting time as much as they could and looked disheveled as County had their chances but after 7 minutes of stoppage time, it was over.
Aston Villa, who were relegated with Newcastle in 2016 are now back into the Premier League – and good for them.
This means that on-loan striker Tammy Abraham will likely join Villa if Chelsea decide they can allow their England International leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
Abraham has said he would like to stay at Chelsea and fight for a first-team place.
And with Sheikh Khaled now likely to acquire Newcastle for around 350M, Rafa Benitez will have more money to spend this summer and could well go after better players who will cost more money.
We’ll have to wait and see – but there’s an awful lot to happen over the next two weeks at Newcastle never mind over the summer.
Howay The Lads!!