Wembley Stadium, London, England

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Crystal Palace

  • Kevin Phillips 105' +1' PEN

1 - 0


Crystal Palace are promoted after Extra Time

  • 120'

    "I felt confident, and I wanted to take it. Delighted to see it fly in the top corner - and if that is my last game, what a way to sign off," says veteran striker and penalty hero Phillips. It's all over at Wembley in the Championship play-off final - Crystal Palace have beaten Watford by a goal to nil.

  • 120'

    "Speechless. Exhausted and speechless.This is all I wanted, to leave Palace knowing they were in the Premier League," says Wilfried Zaha. Few could have done more than him to make that happen.

  • 120'

    The final whistle goes on a 1-0 win for the Londoners, and it is a deserved win. Palace players are delirious. Kevin Phillips, with a penalty right on half time of extra time, made the difference. Watford never really got going. Their players are lying on the pitch, desolate. Zola is trying to offer words of comfort.

  • 120'


  • 120'

    Gabbidon heads the corner away. Almunia is up. Palace head clear...

  • 120'

    Palace thump it long, deep into Watford territory. Back it comes. Out it goes, all the way back to Almunia. We are in added time of extra time. Deeney gets a flick and it's inches past the post off Gabbidon.

  • 120'

    OFF THE LINE BY PALACE - Ward is in the right place to head clear for the Eagles.

  • 120'

    Seconds to go. Geijo heads a ball on. Forestieri makes room and curls a shot in...

  • 119'

    Another long ball for Watford. There is a minute of the extra 30 left, and then whatever the referee sees fit to add.

  • 118'

    Ekstrand shoots, and it's bravely blocked. Abdi makes a total mess of the follow-up, floating it high and very wide.

  • 117'

    Throw to Watford, this time inside the Palace half. Cassetti crosses and Palace thump it away. A long way away.

  • 116'

    Less than five minutes between Crystal Palace and a return to the top flight now. They play the ball forward and it's a Watford throw. The Hornets are deep inside their own half. That's exactly where Palace want to see them.

  • 115'

    They try to build through Battocchio, but Gabbidon slams the door.

  • 114'

    Zaha on the left for Crystal Palace now. The south Londoners are keeping the ball well. Wilbraham and Ward combine on the right, but Watford eventually win the throw.

  • 113'

    Abdi floats it, but Speroni is behind it all the way and saves without difficulty.

  • 113'

    A committee of Hornets around the ball. The referee making sure the Palace wall is the required distance back.

  • 112'

    The Hornets are on halfway. They have rarely found an incisive ball, but Deeney makes a run and is brought down 30 yards out and central. Chance for Watford - Moritz the man adjudged to have fouled.

  • 112'

    Deeney flicks on from a long Watford ball forward, but it's straight through to Speroni.

  • 111'

    Zola knows less than ten minutes stand between his side and a painful defeat. Bettocchio tries to get away towards the right but Delaney - who has had a really fine afternoon - is there to clear.

  • 110'

    Hogg gets onto a ball down the right and wins a corner for Watford. They have to make something happen soon. Speroni claims well as the ball threatens to run loose.

  • 109'

    Ward tries a cross from the right, but it's far, far too long.

  • 108'

    Although Watford need the goal, Palace are attacking more. They know another goal would seal their Premier League place.

  • 107'

    Zaha's OK. Ekstrand was the man who had tangled with Wilbraham, but the Crystal Palace striker is back on his feet as well.

  • 106'

    Watford inside Palace territory. But Zaha gets the ball and floats a wonderful pass towards Phillips, who is just crowded out. Wilbraham is now in pain for Palace, and Zaha is walking gingerly. Remember, no more substitutes remain.

  • 106'

    The second period begins. The ball is back with Almunia, who bowls it out and tries to get things going. No nonsense from Palace, who blast it straight back where it came from.

  • 105'

    Palace have been the better side in this game. They have created almost all the good chances, and they deserve to be ahead. But can they hold this precious, precious lead?

  • 105'

    Extra time is halfway through. Watford have a quarter of an hour to find a goal in which to save themselves and deny Ian Holloway and palace promotion.

  • 105'

    Before the kick was taken, Cassetti was booked for his foul. It was his umpteenth on Zaha, and it may well provide the decisive moment of this huge afternoon.

  • 105'

    GOAL: Phillips blasts it into the top corner - a brilliant penalty from the ex-Watford man, and Palace are within touching distance of the top flight!

  • 105'

    PENALTY TO PALACE - Zaha takes on Cassetti on the left of the area. He challenges, doesn't get the ball, does get the man, and Palace have a wonderful chance to take the lead here.

  • 104'

    Moxey is booked for a foul on Forestieri earlier in that passage of play. Thirty seconds left of the first 15 extra minutes.

  • 104'

    Abdi heads clear, Zaha maintains the pressure and Delaney fires wide from outside the area. That was never going to worry Almunia.

  • 103'

    Two minutes remaining in the first half of the extra half-hour. Can Palace make this one tell?

  • 102'

    He's back on his feet, and the game carries on. Moritz crosses and Doyley clears - but here comes Zaha again. Cassetti brings him down, not for the first time, and this is a dangerous free-kick for Palace.

  • 101'

    Delaney and Forestieri clash in the air, and the Palace man is hurt. Both sides, remember, have used their full complement of substitutions.

  • 100'

    Long downfield from Ward for Palace. Wilbraham flicks, but to nobody in particular.

  • 100'

    It comes to nothing, as does an effort by Geijo to start a break down the Watford right.

  • 99'

    Ward passes back to his 'keeper, whose long ball upfield causes a moment of hesitation. Zaha takes possession and wins his side a throw.

  • 98'

    It's cleared to Bettocchio, 30 yards out. He belts one, but it's straight into the midriff of Speroni.

  • 98'

    It's low towards the near post and cleared. Watford try to thread some passing together and win their own corner - a deep cross, and Gabbidon is the man in defence for the Eagles.

  • 97'

    Forward they come now, though, to win a throw on the right. From it, Ward sees his attempted cross deflected behind for a corner.

  • 96'

    Watford are the side in the ascendancy in these early stages of extra time. Barely anything to be seen of Palace so far.

  • 95'

    Forestieri lashes a shot from a narrow angle on the right when he had colleagues waiting for a cross. The effort hits the side netting, but was never going to realistically threaten Speroni.

  • 95'

    Bettocchio forges a solo route up the right and crosses low. Palace clear. Watford have the throw.

  • 94'

    A fantastic bit of goalkeeping, and there may need to be more as another ball comes into the area. This time, though, Deeney is offside.

  • 93'

    Deeney gets in after Palace misjudge a Watford cross. Somehow, Speroni gets a touch and prevents what looked a certain opening goal for the Hornets.

  • 92'

    Palace have a throw and Wilbraham touches it on. But that poses no problems whatsoever for Watford, and Almunia will take the goal-kick.

  • 91'

    From it, he wins another throw. Zola is looking very pensive on the bench, Holloway a mass of gesticulations.

  • 91'

    Here we go, then - Watford passing it around before spreading the ball to Forestieri. He has to make do with a throw.

  • 90'

    Watford will be the team to get the added 30 minutes under way. Can they force a save from Speroni? They haven't yet...

  • 90'

    And it is extra time - half an hour more to come and then, perhaps, penalties. Still no goals at Wembley.

  • 90'

    Moritz takes and Jedinak gets a good connection. Almunia clutches, and that - surely - is extra time.

  • 90'

    O'Keefe finds Zaha who surges into the area. But he waits and waits, and Doyley blocks. Corner to Palace, though...

  • 90'

    Zaha pops up on the left. Hogg stands his ground to make a good challenge for Watford.

  • 90'

    There will be three more minutes... and then it's extra time. Unless, of course...

  • 90'

    Then Deeney turns, but drags his effort tamely wide of the far post. Injury time is a matter of seconds away.

  • 89'

    Bettocchio could have shot - probably should have -but instead lets the ball go across him. He crosses and Deeney improvises an overhead that flies over the bar.

  • 88'

    Geijo has been good since his arrival in this game. More neat control starts a Watford move - but palace force them back. Good pressing from Crystal Palace.

  • 87'

    Forestieri tumbles under a challenge on the edge of the Palace area. That wasn't a foul, and it's not a free-kick. Martin Atkinson quite rightly waves away the appeals.

  • 86'

    Wilbraham tussles with Ekstrand on the edge of the Watford area, and that will be a Hornets free-kick.

  • 85'

    Anya is off and Fernando Forestieri on as Watford boss Zola makes another change.

  • 85'

    Five minutes stand between these two teams and another half an hour. Geijo chases into the Palace area, but Speroni is out to save.

  • 84'

    Moritz plays in the corner, but it isn't a very good one. Phillips fouls Bettocchio as he tries to pick up the pieces, and that's a Watford free-kick.

  • 84'

    Owen Garvan is replaced by Andre Moritz for Crystal Palace.

  • 83'

    Zaha plays a fine ball towards Wilbraham. He swivels and shoots, but it's a bit too close to Almunia. He blocks. The Watford 'keeper has made all the saves this afternoon.

  • 82'

    Watford on the ball. The seconds are ticking away, with extra time looking - as it has, to be fair, for so much of this match - more probable than possible.

  • 81'

    Ward fouls Pudil as the Watford man tries to counter. It's cynical and bookable, and so that's what he gets.

  • 81'

    Wilbraham makes a nuisance of himself and the ball falls for Garvan. He volleys crisply - but straight at Almunia.

  • 80'

    Palace are on the ball again. Phillips and Jedinak combine. Watford clear, Palace play it forward, Wilbraham tries to get onto a Garvan ball and Doyley defends beautifully.

  • 79'

    Deeney clears and Battocchio breaks. Ward clears. Can someone find a winner in the final ten minutes?

  • 78'

    Zaha again threatens. Pudil gets it away but the cross back in has Almunia sweating and he puts it behind for a Palace corner...

  • 77'

    Phillips, playing in a deeper-lying role than is usual, is producing plenty of neat touches. Ward tries to get down the right, but the ball just eludes him.

  • 76'

    Geijo attempts to dink a little pass through the centre for Deeney, but it's well read by the defenders.

  • 75'

    Anya blasts clear after a ricochet and Watford move forward. The pass is poor and Zaha can break. Not for long, though - great play from Cassetti snuffs out that threat.

  • 74'

    Watford win a throw on halfway as Geijo tries a flick. We are heading towards the final 15 minutes.

  • 73'

    Nathaniel Chalobah is off and Battocchio on as Watford make that change.

  • 73'

    Great play from Zaha on the right again. He crosses once more, and Doyley - the long-serving, immensely popular defender - is there to get it away.

  • 72'

    Another Watford change is in the offing, with midfielder Christian Battocchio waiting on the sidelines.

  • 71'

    Cross from Zaha, header back from Phillips, volley wide from Garvan. A very decent attack from Palace.

  • 70'

    Twenty minutes of normal time remaining. Everything here at Wembley is still completely in the balance.

  • 70'

    It's cleared, and Zaha is fouled as the Hornets try to win the ball back. Free-kick to Palace, deep inside their own half. From it, they gain a throw in an attacking position.

  • 69'

    The action is back under way. Hogg crosses for Watford. As it's cleared, O'Keefe clatters towards Doyley. Free-kick. Crossing position.

  • 68'

    Troy Deeney has taken a knock now. He's getting a little treatment. A pause after a breathless few minutes.

  • 67'

    A great spell from Palace, and Watford are rattled. Phillips lurks as another ball comes in, but this time the yellow-clad defenders deal with it a bit more coolly.

  • 66'

    Another corner, another Watford fiasco. Gabbidon prods the ball back towards the middle and it's desperately scrambled away.

  • 65'

    Jonathan Williams off and poacher supreme Kevin Phillips on. As the corner comes in, Watford make a mess of it and Wilbraham sees his shot blocked by the foot of Almunia.

  • 65'

    Great move by Palace - Jedinak feeds Zaha, who squares to O'Keefe. He gets away from his man and blasts in a shot. Almunia saves well - and that's the first proper save of the match.

  • 64'

    Deeney on the left again. It's fed to Geijo inside the area. He produces neat footwork, but Speroni is out smartly.

  • 63'

    Watford bend a cross in and Speroni catches. He plays it quickly and long towards Wilbraham, who is beaten to it.

  • 62'

    A Palace change is in the offing: Kevin Phillips, a Watford player many, many moons ago, is getting ready to come on.

  • 61'

    Suddenly, though, the match is opening up. Good play by Wilbraham - he holds the ball up midway inside Watford territory and is then bundled over. Delaney heads down from the free-kick, but there's nobody there in a Crystal Palace shirt to take advantage.

  • 60'

    Palace swing the free-kick in. Watford head clear, Moxey puts it back in and again it's headed away.

  • 59'

    Abdi is booked - he brings down O'Keefe, who then hits the ball towards him. O'Keefe is booked too.

  • 58'

    Pudil is in the area for Watford - he's challenged and blocked. At the other end, Wilbraham breaks and has a shot blocked. End-to-end, all of a sudden.

  • 58'

    Perhaps encouraged by that, Doyley makes the same kind of run. His shot is almost equally poor, and he had options, too.

  • 57'

    Watford substitute Geijo makes a good, direct run before striking an attempt that makes your average backpass look vicious. Good run, though.

  • 57'

    Wilbraham battles for it, but Almunia is there with a thoroughly solid claim.

  • 56'

    Garvan plays the ball out wide to Zaha. He's fouled by Cassetti. Yes, again. Another chance for Palace to swing the ball in here...

  • 55'

    Deeney pops up on the left for Watford. But it doesn't matter where he wanders, Palace keep slamming the door on him.

  • 54'

    The Hornets handle that, but there are a few more flickering signs of life in this match all of a sudden.

  • 54'

    They do - Wilbraham shoots from angle, but it's blocked. Watford counter, but Palace snap back and have the ball in midfield.

  • 53'

    Cassetti fouls Zaha. Free-kick for palace, and they can play this into the heart of the Watford penalty area...

  • 52'

    To the other end, where Anya crosses from the right. It's cleared. Jedinak is still struggling a bit. Palace, the way things are looking, could lose both their central midfielders to injury before we've even played an hour.

  • 51'

    Things are very much as they were in the early stages of the second period. Zaha eludes Cassetti and crosses deep from the left - but too deep.

  • 50'

    Watford try to float the ball from left to right, but it's not a good pass. Palace have the throw. The Hornets still can't find their rhythm.

  • 49'

    Williams on the ball for Crystal Palace, but they lose possession. Hogg heads back for Abdi on the edge of the area, and Delaney is there again with a good block for the Eagles.

  • 48'

    Now Jedinak seems to have taken a knock. Meanwhile, Chalobah takes aim for Watford 30 yards out but swerves his effort well wide.

  • 48'

    Jedinak hoists the firs ball towards Zaha of this half, and Cassetti gets it clear.

  • 47'

    Watford try to get the ball forward, but it runs out for a throw. Zola will be expecting far more from his side in this half, but can they deliver?

  • 46'

    More neat footwork by Williams on halfway keeps the possession for Palace, but when the pass is played forward the Hornets deal with it with a minimum of fuss.

  • 46'

    Palace get the second period under way, and Watford soon win a throw inside their own half.

  • 45'

    Matek Vydra is off and Alexandre Geijo on for Watford. That injury suffered by Vydra, such a key player for Watford, just before half-time has proven to be one he could not run off. One big injury setback apiece now.

  • 45'

    And that's half-time - Palace will be the happier with the current pretty stale stalemate. It's 0-0 at Wembley.

  • 45'

    Wilbraham bundles over Cassetti and runs on. Then he somehow looks surprised to see that Watford have been given a free-kick. Again, Almunia goes long, and again that plays straight into Palace's hands.

  • 45'

    Pudil lumps one deep into the Palace half. It's all very un-Zola like from Zola's side, who have been inhibited, possibly by nerves as much as Palace's astute defensive performance.

  • 45'

    Three minutes of added time. Williams crashes to the ground and wants a free-kick from Cassetti's challenge. All Palace get, though, is a throw.

  • 45'

    In the meantime, Palace win a throw. Watford's Vydra, one of the stars of their season, is limping a bit. A worrying sign for Zola.

  • 45'

    Into the final minute of the first half - no goals at Wembley. We'll find out how much injury time there is soon enough...

  • 44'

    Again, nothing. Palace are providing something of a defensive masterclass, and Watford can't find the inspiration to do anything about it.

  • 43'

    Abdi tries another cross. It's poor, but the ball comes back to him and he wins a corner from that. What can they create from this?

  • 42'

    Forward comes Hogg and crosses low. Abdi is lurking, and Palace - for the umpteenth time in this half - have defenders in all the right places.

  • 41'

    Wilbraham chases another O'Keefe ball, this time down the Palace right, but that goes out for a Watford throw.

  • 40'

    Palace keep the pressure on, though, and Doyley intervenes to put the ball out for a throw. O'Keefe tries to find Zaha, but his ball towards the left-hand side of the area has too much bend on it and goes behind.

  • 39'

    Forward it comes and Williams makes a run - he goes over on the left corner of the area, but referee Atkinson doesn't want to know.

  • 38'

    Edging towards the last five minutes of the first period, and palace are content to knock the ball around at the back for a while.

  • 36'

    On the follow-up, Chalobah drives one across the area, but nobody in a Watford shirt can get on the end of it.

  • 36'

    Palace have a throw on halfway but lose it and Watford work a crossing position on the left. Again, the Palace defence stands firm.

  • 35'

    Ten minutes remaining until the break. This is very tight: there hasn't been a good chance to speak of.

  • 34'

    Encouraging moments, though, for Watford. Zaha, though, is on the ball for Palace. He finds Jedinak, who gives it away and is relieved to see Vydra unable to make anything of the situation.

  • 34'

    Superb defending from the Palace man. Abdi's corner is also defended very well, and then Anya's follow-up cross is dealt with by Moxey.

  • 33'

    Suddenly a chance - the ball falls to Vydra, edge and centre of the area and - just for a second - all on his own. Cue Delaney, who makes the tackle of the match to put the ball out for a corner.

  • 32'

    Anya on the ball again. Watford are so much better when they keep the ball on the floor. There's some crisp passing, but they can't find the final ball that opens up some space.

  • 31'

    Anya suddenly steps up the pace with a fine run down the right, but the Eagles clear and Watford can't make anything of the follow-up ball.

  • 30'

    Just for a second, 'keeper Speroni is hesitant, but his defensive colleagues come to the rescue.

  • 29'

    In doing so, he evens up the booking count. The free-kick comes in and Ekstra heads the ball behind for a Watford corner.

  • 28'

    Jedinak thunders into Abdi and sends him crashing to the ground midway inside the Palace half.

  • 27'

    Zola looks frustrated, as well he might. His side can't get going at all here - but you have to give a lot of credit for that to Ian Holloway and Palace.

  • 26'

    Wilbraham tries to find Garvan with a header down from a long ball forward. Watford get it back and look for Deeney but it's over his head and out for a Palace goal-kick.

  • 25'

    Almunia kicks long and again Palace are as defensively sound as can be. They have neutralised the Watford threat supernly so far.

  • 24'

    Then, just for a second, it looks as though Palace's main man is away down the right. This time, though, the flag is raised for offside.

  • 23'

    Neat and tidy passing again from Palace as they work the ball out to the left on halfway. It falls to Zaha, and Pudil is there for Watford.

  • 23'

    Williamson finds space and then finds Zaha, whose cross cannons away off a Watford man.

  • 22'

    Sub O'Keefe gets another one in, and again it's repelled. But Palace are the team working the space and the angles. Watford's passing game hasn't got going, and their attacking talents are anonymous.

  • 21'

    A lovely ball down the right finds Wilbraham, who has the space to deliver a far better cross than the one he eventually manages. Watford clear.

  • 21'

    Very few chances so far, that is...

  • 21'

    Brilliant by Zaha - he steams down the right and cuts it back to Garvan. Doyley blocks. Palace look the more threatening in a game of very few chances.

  • 21'

    No, they can't - Delaney produces a strong header clear.

  • 20'

    Free-kick to Watford, halfway inside Palace territory, as Jedinak and Deeney clash. Can they work something from this?

  • 19'

    Ward wins a throw for them with an attempted cross from the right, but the ball back in is all wrong and drifts away for a goal-kick.

  • 18'

    Indeed he is: O'Keefe on and Dikgacoi off in an early, and forced change for Holloway and Palace.

  • 17'

    Stuart O'Keefe seems the man most likely to take his place in midfield.

  • 17'

    Dikgacoi, it seems, will be unable to continue. He is hobbling off the pitch, and this is a bad blow for Crystal Palace.

  • 16'

    Dikgacoi is down for Palace after a knock, and is getting a spot of treatment.

  • 15'

    Palace on the prowl, moving the ball from right to left. Williams is beaten by Abdi, though, and Watford will try to build something of their own.

  • 14'

    Palace deal with it well, though, and eventually win a throw deep inside their own half.

  • 13'

    Watford win a corner: Doyley finds Abdi, and Jedinak slides in to put the ball behind.

  • 12'

    Zaha storms away from Cassetti and then Pudil, but scuffs his attempted pass. The Watford duo couldn't do a thing about him then.

  • 11'

    Watford tidy up as Palace try to build down their right. The Hornets have had the bulk of possession, but they have yet to create anything.

  • 10'

    Ekstrand lunges in on Wilbraham and gets he first yellow of the day. No doubts about that decision.

  • 10'

    It's not the greatest of set-pieces, though, and Almunia claims without difficulty.

  • 9'

    Palace's best, and most coherent, moment of the match - they follow it up by winning a free-kick as Pudil infringes. Garvan will swing this in from halfway inside the Watford half.

  • 8'

    Williams and Wilbraham link well. The latter shoots from the edge of the box, Cassetti blocks and Zaha just runs the ball out as he tries to get a cross in.

  • 7'

    Some neat passing from Watford, but it's ll very central. As they did at Brighton, Palace are content to keep things tight and try to hit their opponents on the break.

  • 6'

    No nonsense there from Eagles skipper Jedinak - he thunders a clearance downfield as Watford try to build.

  • 6'

    Delaney plays the ball long towards Wilbraham, who wins a throw in attacking position. Zaha tries to make something of it, but the ball goes behind for a Watford goal-kick.

  • 5'

    Cassetti meanders forward for the Hornets, but the ball forward is an aimless one.

  • 4'

    As play goes on, Deeney is barged over on halfway - Watford have the free-kick.

  • 3'

    One or two players, including Palace 'keeper Speroni, are bursting some of the many red and blue balloons that have drifted into his penalty area from the Selhurst contingent.

  • 2'

    Wilbraham chases for Palace, but Watford get it away and then Pudil miscontrols.

  • 2'

    Lively stuff so far at Wembley - very early signs of a game that will have plenty of pace about it.

  • 1'

    Palace boom the ball forward from the throw. Watford return the compliment and Deeney jumps. Wing-back Daniel Pudil gets forward, but palace crowd him out.

  • 1'

    They have the ball at the back, and knock it around their three-man defence. Vydra is on the ball, but then Chalobah's effort to spread the play to the right is overhit.

  • 1'

    And here we go - Watford kick off, and the Championship play-off final is up and running.


    Martin Atkinson is the referee. We are seconds away from kick-off now.


    Palace are unchanged, and must again do without top scorer Glenn Murray. Aaron Wilbraham again deputises, and - whatever the result - this is Wilfried Zaha's final game for them. He joins Manchester United in the summer.


    And now it's time for the national anthem. The teams are lined up alongside each other as the music rings out.


    And here come the players, to a thunderous reception. As it was for the Champions League final on Saturday, Wembley is wash with red and yellow.


    And that moment is now ten minutes away - the final place in next season's top flight is looming for someone.


    Holloway says he thinks this should be "an excellent game". Zola wants his players to "enjoy the moment".


    History, on the face of it, is on their side - five of the last seven Championship play-off finals have been won by the side that finished third in the table.


    But no team has scored more Championship goals than Watford. Their boss, Gianfranco Zola, is out on the Wembley pitch. He's soaking up the sunshine, and the atmosphere.


    Palace's veteran striker Kevin Phillips has lost play-off finals with lost with Sunderland, West Brom and Blackpool. Can he be lucky this time?


    Palace chairman Steve Parrish is under no illusions as to what the day means. He has told BBC Radio Five Live: "There is so much at stake at the game. Watford will be thinking the same - it could transform their club. There is so much at stake. I have done everything I can this week. In the end, it is up to the guys. We have to enjoy the day, as three years ago we were close to being relegated. These occasions come round every ten years - if you are lucky."


    There have been 38 goals in the last ten competitive matches between these two teams, and a Palace win would see them in the Premier League for the fifth time. They have never stayed more than a season, however.


    Palace had appeared second favourites when the home leg of their semi-final against Brighton ended goalless, but they then produced a superb performance to win at the Amex. Despite a dodgy end to the league season, that will have filled them with new confidence.


    It would be too much to expect the insanity of the finish that saw the Hornets to Wembley - a double save from a Leicester penalty, followed by a swift break and a Troy Deeney volley at Vicarage Road. All this in the last seconds of injury-time. Such things couldn't happen again. Could they?


    Kick-off is 45 minutes away, the Wembley weather is warm and sunny, and the atmosphere is building nicely. Stay with us for full coverage of all the action.


    And now Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Williams, Zaha, Wilbraham.


    The line-ups are out, and they go like this. Watford first: Almunia; Doyley, Ekstrand, Cassetti; Anya, Chalobah, Hogg, Abdi, Pudil; Deeney, Vydra.


    It's between Holloway's Eagles and Gianfranco Zola's Watford, who battle it out at Wembley. Just days after the excellent Champions League final, this has the potential to be another compelling match between two teams who like to attack.


    They're calling it the £120 million game. Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway says it's "the biggest match in the world". No prizes for guessing what it is - here comes the Championship play-off final, the route to the last place in the Premier League and its oceans of cash.

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  • 12

  • 52%


  • Watford

  • 15(9)

  • -

  • 13

Match Stats

  • Crystal Palace
  • Watford
12(10) Shots (on goal) 15(9)
12 Fouls 13
6 Corner kicks 8
2 Offsides 1
52% Time of Possession 48%
4 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
6 Saves 7