Result: Phillips sends Palace into Premier League
Result: Phillips sends Palace into Premier League
Crystal Palace will play Premier League football next season after overcoming Watford in the Championship playoff final at Wembley.
Reaction
Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia in action on April 16, 2013
Manuel Almunia: 'We lacked experience'
Watford captain Manuel Almunia bemoans his side's lack of experience in the Championship playoff final.
May 28, 15:47
Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia in action on April 16, 2013
Manuel Almunia: 'We lacked experience'
Watford captain Manuel Almunia bemoans his side's lack of experience in the Championship playoff final.
May 28, 15:47
Owen Garvan
Owen Garvan: 'Wilfried Zaha will be a top player'
Crystal Palace midfielder Owen Garvan backs Wilfried Zaha to become a top player at Manchester United.
May 27, 22:49
Crystal Palace player Wilfried Zaha is surrounded by Watford players in the two side's clash on February 8, 2013
Danny Gabbidon: 'Wilfried Zaha had fairytale ending'
Crystal Palace defender Danny Gabbidon is happy that Wilfried Zaha has had a "fairytale ending" to his time at the club having helped them gain promotion via the playoffs this afternoon.
May 27, 22:40
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway celebrates with the npower Football League Championship play off final trophy on May 27, 2013
Ian Holloway keen to add "match winners"
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway wants to add match winners to his squad for next season due to the departure of Wilfried Zaha and injury to Glenn Murray.
May 27, 22:07
Watford boss Gianfranco Zola on the touchline during the match against Leicester on May 9, 2013
Gianfranco Zola: 'Crystal Palace deserved to win'
Watford manager Gianfranco Zola admits that Crystal Palace were the better side and deserved to win this afternoon's Championship playoff final.
May 27, 21:28
Watford manager Gianfranco Zola during the Championship match against Leicester on April 26, 2013
Gianfranco Zola: 'We'll come back stronger'
Watford boss Gianfranco Zola claims that his side will be even stronger next season having lost out to Crystal Palace in this afternoon's Championship playoff final.
May 27, 20:55
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway celebrates with the npower Football League Championship play off final trophy on May 27, 2013
Ian Holloway hints at Wilfried Zaha move
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway refuses to rule out the possibility of trying to loan Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United again next season.
May 27, 20:42
Crystal Palace's Kevin Phillips celebrates after scoring his second against Hull on March 5, 2013
Ian Holloway: 'I'll keep signing Kevin Phillips'
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway hints at the possibility of signing 39-year-old playoff hero Kevin Phillips on a permanent deal.
May 27, 20:30
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway celebrates with the npower Football League Championship play off final trophy on May 27, 2013
Ian Holloway hails Crystal Palace "heroes"
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway hails his players as "heroes" after they secured their spot in the Premier League next season courtesy of a 1-0 win over Watford this afternoon.
May 27, 20:13
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway celebrates with the npower Football League Championship play off final trophy on May 27, 2013
Ian Holloway "so pleased" for Wilfried Zaha
Ian Holloway is glad that Wilfried Zaha was able to help Crystal Palace to the Premier League before he links up with Manchester United.
May 27, 19:09
Watford boss Gianfranco Zola on the touchline during the match against Leicester on May 9, 2013
"No regrets" for Gianfranco Zola
Gianfranco Zola is adamant that his Watford players will bounce back from their disappointment in the final of the Championship playoffs.
May 27, 18:55
Crystal Palace player Wilfried Zaha dribbles the ball during his sides Championship match on 5 January, 2013
Wilfried Zaha: Promotion "is all I wanted"
Manchester United-bound Wilfried Zaha speaks of his delight following Crystal Palace's promotion to the Premier League.
May 27, 18:34
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway
Promotion delights Ian Holloway
Ian Holloway expresses his happiness after Crystal Palace secure promotion to the Premier League.
May 27, 18:26
Crystal Palace's Kevin Phillips scored from the penalty spot against Hull on March 5, 2013
Kevin Phillips hails Ian Holloway
Crystal Palace striker Kevin Phillips hails his manager Ian Holloway for bringing him off the bench during the Championship playoff final.
May 27, 18:06
Crystal Palace's Damien Delaney in action on April 6, 2013
Damien Delaney: "I am ecstatic"
Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney admits his delight after the club booked their spot in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Watford.
May 27, 17:53
The Match
Match Report
Crystal Palace will play Premier League football next season after overcoming Watford in the Championship playoff final at Wembley.
Live Commentary
Live commentary of the Championship playoff final between Crystal Palace and Watford.
HT Report
Crystal Palace and Watford play out a goalless 45 minutes of football in the Championship playoff final at Wembley this afternoon.
Team News
Aaron Wilbraham is named in the Crystal Palace team for their Championship playoff final clash with Watford at Wembley.
Preview
Sports Mole looks ahead to the 'most lucrative match in football' - Monday's Championship playoff final between Crystal Palace and Watford.
Head to Head
Feb 8, 2013 7.45pm
Watford
2-2
Crystal Palace
Chalobah (14'), Abdi (6')
Hall (4'), Deeney (32'), Cassetti (65'), Chalobah (85'), Pudil (90')
Ramage (66'), Phillips (70')
Marrow (32'), Murray (81')
Aug 18, 2012 3pm
Crystal Palace
2-3
Watford
Garvan (13' pen., 29')
Taylor (22'), Abdi (88'), Vydra (90')
Dickinson (82'), Vydra (90')
Feb 18, 2012 3pm
Crystal Palace
4-0
Watford
Dikgacoi (64'), Zaha (22'), Martin (38', 50')

Forsyth (38'), Mariappa (59')
Oct 15, 2011 3pm
Feb 1, 2011 3pm
Watford
1-1
Crystal Palace
Vaughan (40')
Barrett (59'), Clyne (61'), Zaha (79'), Wright (90')
Build-up
Robbie Savage
Robbie Savage predicts "cracker"
Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage believes that there will be a feast of goals between Crystal Palace and Watford in the Championship playoff final.
May 27, 14:45
Watford manager Gianfranco Zola during the match against Brighton on December 29, 2012
Ian Holloway hails "dignified" Gianfranco Zola
Ian Holloway says that he has the utmost respect for Gianfranco Zola ahead of their meeting in the Championship playoff final at Wembley on Monday.
May 27, 08:24
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway prior to kick off against Brighton on May 13, 2013
Ian Holloway relishing Wembley return
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway is pleased to have another chance to win the Championship playoff final.
May 26, 12:32
Crystal Palace player Wilfried Zaha is surrounded by Watford players in the two side's clash on February 8, 2013
Ian Holloway wants Wilfried Zaha to finish on a high
Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway wants Wilfried Zaha to help his side win promotion in his final game as an Eagles player before he joins Manchester United at the end of the season.
May 25, 15:17
Watford boss Gianfranco Zola on the touchline during the match against Leicester on May 9, 2013
Gianfranco Zola: 'Watford aiming for Europe'
Watford manager Gianfranco Zola says that the club is optimistic of reaching Europe in the future.
May 25, 12:09
Watford manager Gianfranco Zola during the Championship match against Leicester on April 26, 2013
Gianfranco Zola: 'Players must enjoy final'
Watford manager Gianfranco Zola insists his players must ensure that they enjoy playing in the Championship playoff final on Monday afternoon.
May 25, 06:49
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway prior to kick off against Brighton on May 13, 2013
Ian Holloway: 'The Premier League is a different planet'
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway believes that "everybody's dream" would be achieved if the Eagles won promotion to the Premier League.
May 25, 06:17
Watford manager Gianfranco Zola during the match against Brighton on December 29, 2012
Gianfranco Zola: 'Playoff win would be huge achievement'
Watford boss Gianfranco Zola believes that winning Monday's Championship playoff final would be one of the best achievements of his career.
May 24, 19:24
Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia in action on April 16, 2013
Manuel Almunia ready for Wembley final
Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia insists that there are no nerves in the squad as they prepare for the Championship playoff final.
May 24, 17:59
Mile Jedinak
Mile Jedinak: 'Final will be close'
Mile Jedinak says that Crystal Palace have a plan to put into action against Watford in Monday's Championship playoff final.
May 24, 02:18



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