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Aston Villa promoted to Premier League after beating Derby at Wembley

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish (centre left) and James Chester (centre right) celebrate with the trophy after winning the Sky Bet Championship Play-off final at Wembley Stadium, London. Credit: PA

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.

Villa fans celebrate Credit: PA

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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 foul but he let the goal stand. I'm over the moon to be a Premier League club."

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

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