Richard Keogh praises Leeds United and Aston Villa after reaching play-off final

Frank Lampard, Manager of Derby County (R) celebrates victory with Richard Keogh of Derby County following the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between Leeds...

Derby County beat Leeds United at Elland Road to book their place in the play-off final with Aston Villa.

Derby County's Richard Keogh reacts to referee Craig Pawson's decision to reverse the penalty during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off  First Leg match between Derby County and Leeds...

Derby County defender Richard Keogh has admitted that Leeds United and Aston Villa are 'great' teams as the Rams booked their place in the play-off final. 

Frank Lampard's side went into the Championship encounter at Elland Road two-goals down on aggregate after the opening stages of the second leg encounter, but his team scored four goals on the night to book their place at Wembley.

It was a stunning, highly-charged and dramatic game of football which saw Derby shock many and book their place for a Wembley final against Aston Villa later on this month.


Speaking to Sky Sports Football (15/05/2019) straight after the match, Keogh shared his thoughts on Leeds and his up and coming opponents. 

"We have one more game at Wembley against a great team in Villa," Keogh told Sky Sports Football. "What a run they have been on as well. They're going to be a great team. 

"But listen credit to Leeds. Credit to Leeds, they are a great team and have proven to be a great team. But anything can happen in football and we earned it." 

Leeds United's Liam Cooper heads at goal in the closing stages during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Second Leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15,...

Championship football produced its best drama on Wednesday night and it won't be a surprise if that continues into the play-off final at Wembley.

Last season, Derby, who had then-manager Gary Rowett in charge, were beaten in the play-off semi-final by Fulham - they have gone one better this time around. 

Aston Villa, who they will meet in the final, were beaten in the final by the same team as they will now be looking to put an end to their heartache of last season. 

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa celebrates with Mile Jedinak and Jed Steer of Aston Villa after winning the penalty shoot out during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Semi Final: Second Leg...

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch