Aston Villa promoted to Premier League after beating Derby at Wembley

Aston Villa have secured their place in the Premier League next season, after beating Derby County 2-1 in the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley today.

Villa, who lost last season's play-off final, are back in the top flight after three years in the second tier.

Aston Villa's Tammy Abraham celebrates promotion after winning the Sky Bet Championship Play-off final at Wembley Stadium, London. Credit: PA

Anwar El Ghazi diverted Ahmed Elmohamady's cross into the net to give Villa a half-time lead.

Then John McGinn nipped in ahead of Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos to add Villa's second.

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Derby substitute Jack Marriott fired in with eight minutes remaining to give the Rams hope, but Villa held on for a win that is estimated to be worth at least £170m in added revenue according to financial experts Deloitte.

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Captain, Jack Grealish, told Sky Sports: "I'm speechless, I really am. I can't even explain to you how happy I am. It means the world, we all know where this club belongs."

The Villa captain admitted he thought he would be leaving the club at the start of the season, with a move to a Premier League side seeming certain.

"I thought I was going, 10 months later I'm here now and I've led by boyhood club back to the Premier League as captain and scored against Blues twice - perfect season," he said.

Goalscorer McGinn praised referee Paul Tierney for allowing his header to score when he challenged goalkeeper Roos.

McGinn said: "We deserve it, it was a tough game against Derby.

"Full credit to the referee. Half the referees would have given it as a foulbut he let the goal stand. I'm over the moon to be a Premier League club."

The Rams will spend their 12th consecutive season in the Championship.