Aston Villa have finally made it back to the big time after their 2-1 win against Derby County at Wembley on Monday saw them promoted to the Premier League.
Anwar El Ghazi gave Dean Smith’s side the lead just before half-time on Monday after Ahmed El Mohamady’s cross ricocheted kindly off his back.
And it was 2-0 just ten minutes into the second half when Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos came unconvincingly for the ball and John McGinn capitalised, heading home a second.
Derby threatened a come back late on when a good turn and shot from substitute Jack Marriott flicked off the foot of Martyn Waghorn but it was not enough.
3years ago. That game. This picture. I made the decision to scarify for this beloved club. Maybe it’s delayed. I kept my promise! UTV! VTWD! pic.twitter.com/WmyGsVReI8
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) May 27, 2019
The morning of the game, Villa’s former owner Tony Xia – who was forced to sell the club back in the summer of 2018 – took to Twitter to share his thoughts.
He was divisive owner and, judging by the replies, that does not appear to have changed much…
You kept your promise? you nearly killed us in the summer and you want to take credit for today ? Credit goes to edens and sawriss nor you
— Joe Bradley (@gingeavfc96) May 27, 2019
You made2 mistakes no1 wrong manager & no2 a bad gamble.. but you sold us to the right people & that came good today…
— Terry reid (@terryreid2) May 27, 2019
You nearly sent us in to administration Dr X. None of this glory is yours!
— Phil Roberts (@iamVilla) May 27, 2019
Don’t you dare try and take credit after nearly killing our club
— avillafan.com (@Avillafan) May 27, 2019
Economics is clearly not a lot of people’s strong point. In a difficult financial situation You sold us to the best possible people when you could have bailed out earlier. Respect for that
— Tom Brennan (@TomTombrennan4) May 27, 2019
Tony- We know you did your best for the club; your passion & commitment from a non-local was unrivalled. Villa will always be greatful for the energy, lfe and drive you gave us in tough times – you believed when many didn't;
Thank you – this is for everyone associated with Villa
— Alex Hinks (@AlexanderHinks) May 27, 2019
Good to see you today @Dr_TonyXia you can take pride in your contribution and continued involvement with @AVFCOfficial . Today was great! The hard work starts now if we are going to compete in the big time next season. #UTV
— James(Jim)Brooks (@BrooksVillan51) May 27, 2019