At the end of seven nerve-racking added minutes at the end of a tumultuous campaign that swung from the ridiculous to the sublime for Aston Villa, it was a header from little John McGinn that made the difference.
Exactly how McGinn managed to beat the 6ft 4ins goalkeeper Kelle Roos with a high ball is hard to imagine, but nobody in claret and blue gave up stopping and analyzing how.
Roos should have run his territory and claimed the ball, but the Scot grabbed the second place from Villa, beginning of the second half and it turned out to be the winner.
Anwar El-Ghazi races away in the celebration after breaking through the break shortly before the break on Monday afternoon
El-Ghazi (right) precedes Jayden Bogle to bring Ahmed Elmohamady's head to the far end of the goal
El-Ghazi (right) continues to watch as his head nestles in the bottom left corner to give Villa the lead against Derby County
Ther Dutchman (C) is congratulated by teammates Albert Adomah (R) and Tammy Abraham after finding the net
It wasn't pretty, but a club that once won the European Cup with a goal from Peter Withe & # 39; s seemed to know better than most that no bonuses are awarded for aesthetics.
Mishit goals count just like screamers – and so in Villa's history alongside Withe and McGinn, the opener at Wembley goes from the golden shoulders of Anwar el Ghazi.
El Ghazi compared a diver's head just before half-time and the cross hit him on the shoulder and flew past Rose.
Jack Marriott pulled back late in the game for Derby and threw everything in search of an equalizer, but Villa insisted.
Dean Smith leads them back to the top flight after an absence of three years, their longest exile since the early 1970s.
Of course it means a £ 170 million jackpot and it is again a painful near-miss for Derby, now defeated four times in the play-offs in six seasons.
Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos (R) fails to demand a looping ball in the box so that John McGinn (C) can get into an empty net
Roos watches while McGinn beats him and doubles Aston Villa's lead halfway through the second half of the match
McGinn celebrates for Villa supporters after giving his team control over the final of the Champinship play-off
The Scottish midfielder is congratulated by his teammates after scoring Villa & # 39; s second goal of the afternoon
Their waiting time continues – and the future is uncertain – but Villa deserved this.
Smith & # 39; s team was the first to discover their pass and Jack Grealish closed when McGinn threw himself into a bad clearance by goalkeeper Roos.
McGinn first zipped a pass to Grealish's feet, who brought the ball down with an excellent touch, lost it towards the goal, and fired from 20 yards.
It was an early glimpse of the quality of a self-confident team after finishing the season in good shape, but Derby resisted the early pressure.
Tom Huddlestone & # 39; s presence, the deepest in a diamond in midfield, provided more calm and protection for the Lampard team.
With the left back, they also boasted the unrivaled experience of Ashley Cole, five years after he won his 107th English cap in Wembley.
Jack Marriott shoots through a crowd of players to halve the deficit with just under 10 minutes left in the game
The Aston Villa players can only see if Marriot's shot (right) goes to the bottom left corner of the goal
The English striker is trying to gather supporters from his side after withdrawing one from Wembley in the 81st minute
Derby stabilized and found itself at the top in the middle of the first half as creative loan stars Mason Mount and Harry Wilson became more influential.
Mason Mount forced the first rescue of the game from Jed Steer, although his sweet 20-yard drive went straight to the goalkeeper of Aston Villa.
Richard Keogh walked over from a corner delivered by Berg.
Tammy Abraham barely had a touch when he came to life with the halftime interval approaching
Abraham collected a pass on the turn, accelerated in the penalty area with Keogh in retreat, found a garden of space and tried to place a curling shot in the top corner.
His effort was wide, but he picked up Villa again. They finished half on top and continued in the 44th minute.
Jack Grealish drills a right-wing attempt just wide of the goal from the edge of the box in the early phase of the game
Villa midfielder Grealish reacts after seeing his attempt in the final of Monday's play-off championship just to miss the target
Villafan Prince William (2nd left) celebrates with former player John Carew (right) after seeing his team take the lead
Conor Hourihane flipped a neat pass to Albert Adomah on the right, who opened the right back Ahmed Emlohamady to cross.
El Ghazi shot Jayden Bogle to the back post and threw himself in a diving head, although Elmohamady's cross seemed to hit him on the shoulder before flashing past Rose.
The second half started with a flurry of yellow cards and flashy moves, fueled by referee Paul Tierney's failure to play an advantage after a foul on Abraham when McGinn rushed forward in the penalty area.
The tension was clear and Villa benefited when Derby stiffened at the back.
El Ghazi drifted in from the left and aimed, but his shot was blocked by Keogh and flew high into the air.
Goalkeeper Roos came out of his line but did not command his airspace and as he tried to collect the ball into his body, McGinn grabbed close at Villa & second's close up.
Tammy Abraham shows his frustration after he has found the first corner with curling effort from the corner of the post
Midfielder Mason Mount tries his luck with a long shot, but it is saved by Villa-keeper Jed Steer
Lampard reacted immediately by sending Jack Marriott, the hero of the incredible comeback in the Leeds semi-final, and Martyn Waghorn, and went looking for a new and exciting recovery.
Bogle pounded one chance into the net, Mount dragged another good wide and Marriott very close to the bend before he pulled one back.
The deep cross from Florian Jozefzoon from the left went back to the middle through Bogle and Marriott ended expertly, a touch with the left to control and one with the right to sweep it inside the post.
The problem for Villa was an injury to Center-half Tyrone Mings when he produced a great tackle on Waghorn in the run-up to the goal.
Mings was excellent at the back, just as he has been on loan since his arrival in Bournemouth in January.
He could not continue and was replaced by Kortney Hause, but Villa clung and went upstairs.
Derby manager Frank Lampard (right) shows his frustration after seeing a violation committed against the team
Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos hits the ball under pressure during the second half of the play-off final
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