It is almost 72 hours since Aston Villa won arguably the biggest game of their recent history. Reality still hasn’t set in yet that Villa are once again a Premier League football club. 98 hard fought minutes against Frank Lampard’s Derby County was what it took to regain our top-flight status.
As expected, Wembley was a cauldron of noise. Villa fans were singing and in a party atmosphere all game. The fan parks and pubs around the West side of the stadium were rocking by 10 am. Villa fans know how to make an atmosphere, regardless of whether it’s Wigan or Wembley. The fan favourite ‘Allez, Allez’ chant was coursing around one half of the stadium throughout the game. I could barely hear a sound from the East side of the stadium. It was louder than I would be if i had a big win at USA Casinos Online.
Anwar El Ghazi headed home right at the end of the first half. What followed in the West side of the stadium was absolute carnage. Limbs everywhere. A roar so loud you could probably hear it back in Birmingham. As the half time whistle was blown, those who had any doubt, began to believe that it could be our year.
Derby needed to attack. Lampard’s side came at us from the whistle and made their famous attacking substitutions to try and get level. Nerves began to build as you would expect amongst Villa fans. Despite this, Villa always looked in control. Both Tyrone Mings and Axel Tuanzebe were solid as always at the back.
And then. John McGinn steps up and scores the most important goal of our season. A goal which eventually proved to be the goal that won the game for Villa. Like the first goal, celebrations were chaos and the limbs were just a sight to behold. Villa had one foot in the Premier League.
Derby threw everything at Villa in a last attempt to get back in the game. Eventually, Jack Marriot managed to squeeze the ball in past Jed Steer. Derby knew they had nothing to lose as if they were on their last few pounds on www.casinosnz.io
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I didn’t actually hear the final whistle past the huge cheer of relief when Derby was flagged for being offside. I knew we had won as soon as the entire Villa team, staff and management ran towards the West side of the stadium.
The scenes and jubilation were fantastic to be a part of and see. We had done it. Aston Villa were back in the Premier League at long last.
It still doesn’t quite feel real though. We are finally back to where we belong. We can now look forward to being back on Match of the Day. Aston Villa are back.
We are Premier League!