Frank Lampard says his Derby County side proved their doubters wrong after coming from behind to beat Leeds United 4-2 at Elland Road and book a showdown with Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final.
With Aston Villa awaiting the winners, Derby, managed by former England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, became the first team to turn around a first-leg home defeat in the playoffs, which provide the final promotion spot to England's top flight.
If Leeds fans were confident heading into the Elland Road clash, they would have been bubbling with excitement barely 15 minutes into the game, when Stuart Dallas doubled their advantage.
Jack Marriott came off the bench to score twice for Derby, including an 85th-minute victor in a pulsating encounter in which both teams were reduced to 10 men.
And in addition to the Derby players taking an opportunity to snipe back at the Leeds fans as they celebrated in front of the away supporters mimicking looking through a pair of binoculars similar to Mateusz Klich's celebration back in January, so did the club's official Twitter account.
He cut in from the left and fired home a diagonal drive in the 62nd minute.
The game was filled with needless fouls and yellow cards, but a red card was brandished with 12 minutes remaining when Leeds' Gaetano Berardi lunged in on Bradley Johnson.
"Everyone had written us off. It's 1/8 for them to go through or something, everyone says they've beaten us three times, but we made a little tweak, and it worked brilliantly but you need bravery on the ball and the lads showed it", Lampard told Sky Sports.
Villa, where Terry is an assistant coach, reached the May 27 final at Wembley Stadium by beating West Bromwich Albion in a penalty shootout.
"The goal before halftime gave the players belief and I am so delighted for Jack Marriott".
"I know what its like as a player, but the pressure is even more intense as a manager". "Sometimes feelings can be wrong but when we got the first goal back the belief just began to rise", he said.