Crystal Palace 1 - 0 Watford

Match info: Championship - Play-Offs at Wembley Stadium

Date: 27/05/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: M Atkinson Att: 82,025

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

C Palace

Kevin Phillips 105+1 (pen)



FT (ht: 0-0)

After Extra Time


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  • Thanks for joining me this afternoon and for all your emails and Tweets - do stick around for all the post-match reaction and interviews.

  • Congratulations to Crystal Palace though, they are back in the big time thanks to a goal from 39-year-old Kevin Phillips - the script was perhaps written for the evergreen forward.

  • Joy and despair at either end of Wembley stadium as Palace fans celebrate and Watford supporters drift away, despondent.

  • FT: Crystal Palace 1 Watford 0 - Crystal Palace are promoted to the Premier League.

  • Alumina's long kick deflects off a Palace defender and goes just wide for a corner.

  • One minute to be added on.

  • Off the line!!! Great close control by Forestieri in the area, his shot is goalbound, but Ward heads it off the line!!!!

  • Watford are screaming for a penalty as Ward blocks Battocchio's shot - looked like the ball hit his chest rather than arm though so good decision by the referee. Abdi then fires another shot well over the bar.

  • Gabbidon does well to hold off Battocchio and hit the ball clear.

  • Abdi takes it but the ball is easily saved by Speroni.

  • Deeny goes down under a challenge by Moritz. Free kick Watford 30 yards from goal.....

  • Speroni is brave to collect the ball down low at the far post.

  • Hogg gets down the right and wins a corner off Delaney.

  • Ward's cross is overhit and goes out for a goal kick to Watford.

  • Zaha finds Phillips with a wonderful long pass but the veteran striker can't quite get in a shot.

  • The second half of extra time is underway....

  • No arguments about the penalty, it was a clumsy tackle by Cassetti. Palace are 15 minutes from the Premier League.

  • Half time in extra time: Crystal Palace 1 Watford 0

  • Kevin Phillips, in his fourth play-off final, against his old club, slams the ball into the top corner! What a priceless goal that could be!!!

  • Goal for Crystal Palace!!! Phillips!!


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