The Villans and the Rams will lock horns in the Championship playoff final at Wembley on Bank Holiday Monday.
With Aston Villa and Derby County having reached the Championship playoff final, there has been much analysis of their respective semi-final ties with regards to who impressed, who didn’t, and who could go on to shine at Wembley and indeed next season.
Dean Smith’s side led 2-1 against West Bromwich Albion from the first leg at Villa Park on Saturday but Baggies ace Craig Dawson scored the only goal on Tuesday night to level and send the tie all the way to penalties.
Jed Steer then saved two penalties for Villa, while Tammy Abraham converted the final kick to send his side to Wembley for the second consecutive season against the ten men of Albion, having seen Chris Brunt sent off after 79 minutes.
As for Derby, they became the first side to lose the first leg of a second-tier playoff semi-final at home and still reach the final when they overturned a 1-0 loss against Leeds United at Pride Park to triumph 4-2 on the night – and 4-3 on aggregate – at Elland Road.
Esteemed stats website Whoscored posted its “Championship Team of the Playoffs” on its Twitter feed, naming the XI who statistically performed best in their respective two-legged ties:
Championship Team of the Playoffs@samjohnstone50 @lukeayling_8— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) 16 May 2019
Craig Dawson@Hegazi @dallas_stuart @jmcginn7 @ConorHourihane @JackGrealish1 @harrywilson_ @tammyabraham @Harrison_Jack11 https://t.co/7094Sy229l pic.twitter.com/J0ZgGuTgnC
However, it was roundly criticised by quite a few fans of both Villa and Derby, and despite the two locking horns on Bank Holiday Monday, they were very much in agreement that they did not like the XI and some of the player choices:
Tammy Abraham?? Come on I’m a villa fan but Marriot needs to be in there— Eli El Ghazi (@EliGhazi) 16 May 2019
Agreed— lewis ormsby (@lewisormsby__) 16 May 2019
Completely agree. Tammy’s had a great season for us but hasn’t done anything special in the play offs has he, whereas Marriott’s performance last night was something else.— Kai (@kai_ozzy) 16 May 2019
Although I’d have put Steer ahead of Johnstone.
Where is jed steer and mings— Jay Pugh (@JayJames72) 16 May 2019
Atrocious!! Where is Jed Steer and Marriot????— Christopher Barrows (@Chris__Barrows) 16 May 2019
Hegazi over @OfficialTM_3 ok mate— Fran Gorman (@Weeman78AVFC) 16 May 2019
take it you didn’t watch last night? #dcfc— David Mosley (@daviddmmosley) 16 May 2019
What— Ryan sharp (@RyanSharp93) 16 May 2019