Marriott sends out rally cry

Striker Jack Marriott believes Derby are ready to compete in the Premier League ahead of the play-off final with Aston Villa.

Striker Jack Marriott believes Derby are ready to compete in the Premier League ahead of the play-off final with Aston Villa.

The Rams secured their place in the play-offs on the final day of the regular season before defeating Leeds dramatically in the semi-finals.

It’s the fourth time they have finished in the top-six during the last six seasons as they seek a return to the Premier League for the first time since 2007-08.

Marriott, who played a key role in the victory over Leeds, believes Derby are ready for an assault on the Premier League.

‘This is such a good club and is ready for the Premier League,’ Marriott said.

‘I think we deserve it.

We’ve made such a big step in our season to get this far – now let’s finish it off.

‘It would be absolutely incredible.

‘ Derby lost both meetings with Villa during the Championship campaign, but punters using their free bet may want to back them to triumph at the national stadium on Monday.

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