Aston Villa star John McGinn believes that his club needs to win the Championship promotion playoff final against Derby County on Monday to ensure that they end the season on a high.

The Villans started this season in frustrating form and until the end of last year, had looked unlikely to challenge for promotion this season. Their below par performances even saw them sacking former manager Steve Bruce.

Villa would be disappointed by their performances throughout this season as a whole. They certainly had enough quality to go on and secure automatic promotion. However, they do have an opportunity to redeem themselves if they manage to win the promotion playoff final against Derby on Monday.

The Villains ended the season 13 points adrift of second place Sheffield United and 18 behind this seasons winners Norwich City. On paper, they had a side as good if not better than the Canaries. However, the League standings do suggest that there was a gulf in class as far as consistency goes between them and Daniel Farke’s side.

Smith’s side managed to get themselves back into contention for promotion following a perfectly timed run of ten consecutive League victories between March and April. The 24-year-old McGinn was one of the Villains best players throughout the season as he went on to make 42 League appearances, scoring six goals and recording nine assists.

He accepts that his club have been through highs and lows this season but believes that they can redeem themselves should they win the playoff final.

“There have been so many highs and so many lows and I think overall this season has been a failure initially,” he said as quoted by Sky Sports. 

“The size of this club, it should be in that top two and we’ve failed. But what we have done is give ourselves another avenue to achieve what we set out to do.

“We rolled up our sleeves and went on an unbelievable run and got to this final and I suppose that is an achievement in itself.”


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