Brighton and Hove Albion 0 - 2 Crystal Palace

Match info: Championship - Play-Offs at Amex Stadium

Date: 13/05/2013 KO: 19:45 Ref: M Clattenburg Att: 29,518

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C Palace

Wilfried Zaha 69,88

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  • Last Updated: May 14 2013, 0:41 BST

Wilfried Zaha was lost for words after his second half brace secured a spot in the npower Championship play-off final for Crystal Palace at Brighton's expense.

Wilfried Zaha delighted with double

After a goalless first leg at Selhurst Park, Zaha put Palace ahead in the 69th minute, heading home a Yannick Bolasie cross from close range.

The forward on loan from Manchester United after he signed for the Premier League champions from Palace in January then sealed the win in the closing stages to set up a match with Watford on May 27.

"I'm just glad, we are going to Wembley, no words can express how I feel," he told Sky Sports 1.

"It means the world to me. I have played at Palace for 10 years, so doing this for Palace is perfect, for when I leave.

"I was happy I scored. I wanted to finish in a strong way, getting two goals in the game, it's just a dream really."

Goalkeeper Julian Speroni, who himself made a vital contribution keeping out Brighton in both legs, was full of praise for the England international.

"He is unbelievable, I have watched his career, I wish him all the best in the future," he said.

Manager Ian Holloway was full of praise for his players after the game.

"We are six undefeated and we came to this place and everyone said we wouldn't have a chance," he said.

"How proud am I of them go. We go to Wembley to take on Watford and who says we can't do that - I'm bursting.

"They (Watford) are a fantastic team - but so are we.

Guy Poyet says his side can be proud of what they achieved despite defeat ending their hopes of promotion.

"You have a very good season, better than expected," he said.

"We do something very good, but because of this play-off you go home terrible, feeling very sad, that is the feeling.

"It is about how we take it (the disappointment). We have to be proud of season. We have to thanks the fans.

"Sometimes it's not your turn and you need to wait - it was not to be.

"We were a bit nervous, we created two unbelievable chances. They scored, then the game got a bit crazy."

Poyet has been linked with a move away from the Amex and the former Chelsea midfielder could not say for certain if he would be returning to the south coast club next season.

"I don't want to make any decisions or comments because the feelings are not the best," he said.

"I will sit down properly, look at what is the situation next year, but we have time for that.

"I'm under that situation. I won't talk now, I have a contract."

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