Derby County fell at the final hurdle in their quest for Premier League football on Monday when they were defeated 2-1 by Aston Villa.
In front of a packed out Wembley Stadium, the Rams found themselves behind just minutes before the half-time whistle when Anwar El Ghazi opened the scoring with a header at the back post.
They saw the deficit doubled on the hour mark when Kelle Roos made a howler and did not deal with the ball.
The Dutch goalkeeper, who tasted promotion via the play-offs with AFC Wimbledon once before, came for the ball, however, he saw it come off of John McGinn and go into an empty net.
Derby did get back into the game when Martyn Waghorn got the slightest of touches on Jack Marriott’s shot and scored with just ten minutes left on the clock.
Seven minutes of injury time was not enough for Frank Lampard’s side to find the equaliser and will now have to prepare for another tough campaign in the Championship.
Fans were proud of their players on the day for their performance, as they were throughout the season, however, many were not happy with one of the manager’s decisions when it counted the most.
Plenty of them took to Twitter to criticism and question why Lampard had not selected Marriott from the beginning of the game.
Many had felt that the striker had deserved a place following his heroics against Leeds United in the semi-finals of the play-offs.
Here are just some of their reactions:
He might be Chelsea's GOAT but today he was tactically naive he should have started Marriott he deserved to start after the Leeds game that starting XI of Derby's had not bite up front at all as soon as Marriott and Waghorn came on things happened but it was too late
— Steffan Lloyd Bowen (@SteffanBow) May 27, 2019
— Sunny Badwal (@sunnybadwal1) May 27, 2019
No excuses for Derby today , it was an exciting finish but they didnt do enough, Villa deserved it…wish we had started with either Marriott or Waghorn …didnt quite understand starting line up
— Paul Draper (@PaulDra20067972) May 27, 2019
Should of started Marriott! Lawrence Wilson & mount were poor throughout
— norgey (@GeorgeyLees) May 27, 2019
Disappointing that Lampard overlooked Marriott again for the starting line up. He's come on late and scored again. 3 goals from the bench. Can't help but wonder if the score would have been different had Marriott started.
— Kevin James Wood (@kjwood7533) May 27, 2019
How’s Marriott not started after that Leeds performance?!
— Jockey Smithers (@jacksmith06) May 27, 2019
Disappointing Dave. Think Frank got it wrong tactically – should’ve started Marriott. Have a sinking feeling about close season!
— Nigel Bingham (@nigbing) May 27, 2019
Can anyone explain why we played two CDM’s today? We know Johnson and huddlestone can’t play together. And what has Marriott got to do. He should have started.
— ⚽️AD⚽️ (@InkedAD) May 27, 2019
Never mind I think team selection cost us today . Marriott should have started imo and waghorn
— kerry nash (@kerrynash71) May 27, 2019
Heartbreaking that, team selection was wrong today waggy and marriott made a huge difference when comin on should of started with them. But we’ll go again! Congrats to villa all the best for next season #avfc #dcfc
— Vikramjit Singh Dosanjh (@viksinghdosanjh) May 27, 2019