An error from goalkeeper Kelle Roos cost Derby County in Monday’s Championship play-off final as Aston Villa booked their place in next season’s Premier League.
Villa were going into the game as the favourites having ended the season with 10 wins from their last 12 league games and started the brighter, keeping possession but failing to test Roos in the Derby goal.
Lampard’s men grew into the game in the first half but it was the favourites who struck the opener as Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross was turned in at the back post by fellow Egyptian Anwar El-Ghazi who stooped low to head home.
In the second half, Derby looked to get back into the game and complete a comeback in a similar style to their semi-final victory over Leeds, but their misery was compounded by John McGinn on the hour mark.
Sunday’s League One playoff final featured a goalkeeping howler from Charlton’s Dillon Phillips, in the same end that Kelle Roos occupied as Anwar El-Ghazi’s strike was deflected into the air.
The keeper came out to collect the ball but simply wasn’t strong enough as he fumbled the ball off the head of McGinn and could only watch it trickle into the empty net for Villa’s second of the game.
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Kelle Roos will not want to see this again as his howler allows John McGinn to double @AVFCOfficial's lead.
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) May 27, 2019
Derby pushed desperately to get back into the game and brought on three attacking substitutes including their semi-final hero Jack Marriott who looked lively as Villa’s defending became desperate.
The Rams were relentless and eventually, their pressure paid off with ten minutes to go as the ball found its way to Marriott in the box, who took a delightful touch before drilling it past Jed Steer in the Villa goal.
Villa also lost one of their key men in defender Tyrone Mings as Derby continued to press and continued to search for that all-important equaliser in the last five minutes.
The referee added seven minutes of stoppage time but Lampard’s men couldn’t find the leveller as Villa atoned for last year’s playoff final defeat against Fulham with a 2-1 victory.