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Troy Deeney takes a shot. Daniel Gabbidon gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Almen Abdi from the left by-line, clearance made by Daniel Gabbidon. Corner from the right by-line taken by Fernando Forestieri, Dean Moxey manages to make a clearance.
Effort on goal by Fernando Forestieri from 12 yards. Joel Ward manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Cristian Battocchio, Joel Ekstrand takes a shot. Joel Ward gets a block in. Almen Abdi takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Marco Cassetti crosses the ball, Daniel Gabbidon manages to make a clearance.
Andre Moritz challenges Troy Deeney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Almen Abdi has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, comfortable save by Julian Speroni.
A cross is delivered by Jonathan Hogg, blocked by Damien Delaney. Corner taken by Fernando Forestieri, Unfair challenge on Julian Speroni by Alexandre Geijo results in a free kick. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
Kevin Phillips challenges Marco Cassetti unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marco Cassetti restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Joel Ward.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mile Jedinak on Almen Abdi. Direct free kick taken by Fernando Forestieri.
Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Marco Cassetti. Marco Cassetti is given a yellow card. Kevin Phillips scores a placed penalty. Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford.The assist for the goal came from Wilfried Zaha.
Shot from just outside the box by Damien Delaney misses to the right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Marco Cassetti results in a free kick. Booking for Dean Moxey for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Andre Moritz, clearance made by Almen Abdi.
The ball is sent over by Marco Cassetti, clearance made by Daniel Gabbidon. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Almen Abdi from the right by-line to the near post, Dean Moxey makes a clearance. Effort on goal by Cristian Battocchio from 30 yards. Save by Julian Speroni.
The ball is sent over by Joel Ward, blocked by Daniel Pudil. Inswinging corner taken by Andre Moritz from the right by-line played to the near post, Jonathan Hogg manages to make a clearance.
Joel Ward crosses the ball, Lloyd Doyley makes a clearance.
Shot by Fernando Forestieri from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Almen Abdi crosses the ball, save made by Julian Speroni.
Wilfried Zaha takes a shot. Lloyd Doyley gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andre Moritz, Mile Jedinak takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Almunia.
Shot from just outside the box by Troy Deeney misses to the left of the goal.
Cristian Battocchio sends in a cross, Shot from inside the area by Troy Deeney clears the bar.
Aaron Wilbraham challenges Joel Ekstrand unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
The referee blows for offside against Alexandre Geijo. Fernando Forestieri joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ikechi Anya. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
Kevin Phillips concedes a free kick for a foul on Cristian Battocchio. Manuel Almunia restarts play with the free kick.
Andre Moritz is brought on as a substitute for Owen Garvan. Andre Moritz takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Troy Deeney.
Aaron Wilbraham takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.
Owen Garvan takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Almunia. Joel Ward concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Pudil. The referee cautions Joel Ward for unsporting behaviour. Manuel Almunia takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Owen Garvan from the left by-line, Troy Deeney manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Joel Ward, clearance by Joel Ekstrand.
Alexandre Geijo concedes a free kick for a foul on Mile Jedinak. Cristian Battocchio replaces Nathaniel Chalobah. Damien Delaney takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Owen Garvan, Joel Ekstrand makes a clearance.
Centre by Wilfried Zaha, Lloyd Doyley manages to make a clearance.
Effort on goal by Owen Garvan from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Lloyd Doyley by Stuart O'Keefe results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Almen Abdi, Damien Delaney makes a clearance.
Jonathan Hogg crosses the ball, clearance made by Damien Delaney.
Shot by Stuart O'Keefe. Save made by Manuel Almunia. Jonathan Williams leaves the field to be replaced by Kevin Phillips. Corner taken left-footed by Owen Garvan from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Troy Deeney. Aaron Wilbraham takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Owen Garvan, clearance by Lloyd Doyley.
Centre by Ikechi Anya, save by Julian Speroni.
Jonathan Hogg gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stuart O'Keefe. Owen Garvan crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
The ball is sent over by Dean Moxey, clearance by Marco Cassetti.
Aaron Wilbraham takes a shot. Blocked by Joel Ekstrand. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stuart O'Keefe by Almen Abdi. Almen Abdi goes into the book. The referee cautions Stuart O'Keefe for unsporting behaviour. Owen Garvan crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from own half, clearance made by Troy Deeney.
Lloyd Doyley takes a shot.
Shot by Alexandre Geijo. Julian Speroni makes a comfortable save.
Marco Cassetti concedes a free kick for a foul on Wilfried Zaha. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Joel Ward from right wing, Manuel Almunia makes a comfortable save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Marco Cassetti. Owen Garvan sends in a cross, Aaron Wilbraham takes a shot. Blocked by Joel Ekstrand.
Drilled right-footed shot by Almen Abdi. Blocked by Damien Delaney.
Owen Garvan produces a cross, clearance made by Daniel Pudil.
Nathaniel Chalobah takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Unfair challenge on Marco Cassetti by Aaron Wilbraham results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
Alexandre Geijo comes on in place of Matej Vydra.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Almen Abdi from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Dean Moxey. Shot from just outside the box by Ikechi Anya goes over the target.
Nathaniel Chalobah sends in a cross.
The ball is delivered by Daniel Pudil, clearance made by Daniel Gabbidon.
The ball is swung over by Troy Deeney.
Matej Vydra takes a shot. Blocked by Damien Delaney. Corner taken by Almen Abdi from the left by-line, Mile Jedinak manages to make a clearance. The ball is swung over by Ikechi Anya, clearance made by Dean Moxey.
Matej Vydra sends in a cross, clearance by Owen Garvan. Corner from the left by-line taken by Almen Abdi, save made by Julian Speroni.
Foul by Mile Jedinak on Almen Abdi, free kick awarded. Booking for Mile Jedinak. Almen Abdi restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathaniel Chalobah on Aaron Wilbraham. Free kick crossed left-footed by Owen Garvan from right channel. The assistant referee signals for offside against Aaron Wilbraham. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
Foul by Marco Cassetti on Aaron Wilbraham, free kick awarded. Owen Garvan restarts play with the free kick.
Wilfried Zaha is caught offside. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
The ball is delivered by Stuart O'Keefe, Lloyd Doyley makes a clearance.
Wilfried Zaha crosses the ball, Marco Cassetti gets a block in. Free kick awarded for a foul by Joel Ward on Daniel Pudil. Daniel Pudil takes the free kick.
Stuart O'Keefe produces a cross, Marco Cassetti makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Aaron Wilbraham, Joel Ekstrand gets a block in.
Owen Garvan takes a shot. Blocked by Lloyd Doyley.
Mile Jedinak concedes a free kick for a foul on Troy Deeney. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Almen Abdi from left channel, Damien Delaney manages to make a clearance.
Joel Ward delivers the ball, blocked by Daniel Pudil.
Stuart O'Keefe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kagisho Dikgacoi.
Joel Ward crosses the ball, Daniel Pudil gets a block in.
Corner taken by Almen Abdi from the right by-line, clearance made by Daniel Gabbidon.
Joel Ekstrand gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Wilbraham. The referee shows Joel Ekstrand a yellow card. Owen Garvan takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Daniel Pudil results in a free kick. Owen Garvan crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save made by Manuel Almunia.
Aaron Wilbraham takes a shot. Blocked by Marco Cassetti.
Jonathan Hogg concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Williams. Direct free kick taken by Damien Delaney.
Matej Vydra handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Damien Delaney restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Gabbidon on Troy Deeney. Nathaniel Chalobah takes the direct free kick.
Jedinak: Palace can go extra mile
Crystal Palace skipper Mile Jedinak insists Monday's npower Championship play-off final against Watford is too close to call.
The Hornets will kick off at Wembley as favourites to secure promotion to the Barclays Premier League having finished five points above Palace and taken four points off them during the season.
But Palace were also big underdogs when they travelled to arch-rivals Brighton in the semi-final and triumphed 2-0, and Australia midfielder Jedinak believes they can pull off another surprise on the biggest stage.
"Both teams won their respective semi-finals in dramatic fashion and it's going to be evenly poised," he said.
"If we're going in as underdogs then so be it, but in my mind it's 50-50.
"We've got a plan we will be working on and hopefully we can execute it the way we did at Brighton."
Wilfried Zaha's two goals sank the Seagulls and the winger will be playing his final game for Palace before completing a #15million switch to Manchester United.
"Wilf has got all the plaudits and rightly so, he's had a great season and he had a great game against Brighton," added Jedinak.
Manager Ian Holloway is relieved the build-up to the game has centred around the match itself without any sub-plots.
Holloway was accused by some Palace fans of not understanding their rivalry with Brighton prior to the semi-final, which was marred by excrement being left in the Eagles' dressing room ahead of the second leg at the Amex Stadium.
The play-offs could also have thrown up meetings with Holloway's former club Leicester or a Bolton team managed by his predecessor at Palace, Dougie Freedman, who only missed out on a top-six spot on the final day of the season.
"It's not Leicester, who I failed with, it's not Bolton with the previous manager and it's not Brighton, who our fans couldn't stand it if we lost to them," said Holloway.
"It's Watford, they're pretty middle of the road really. We don't really hate each other or anything...do we?"
There is no chance of Watford ditching their commitment to attacking football if they get promoted, according to their longest serving player Lloyd Doyley.
Scepticism surrounded the Pozzo family when they took over Watford last summer, but the appointment of Gianfranco Zola as manager has eased those doubts and the Hertfordshire club are favourites for the #120million Wembley showdown.
Zola wowed crowds with his silky skills during a glittering playing career and he has brought that mantra to Watford, where his team play free-flowing attacking football in a 3-5-2 system.
Wigan's commitment to attacking football won them many friends during their time in the Premier League, but it was not enough to save them from the drop last season.
Doyley, who has been at Watford for 12 years, insists that does not mean Zola will be scared to retain his attacking philosophy next year, should his team gain promotion, though.
"I can't see the boss doing that to be honest," the Watford defender said. "He likes us playing attacking football, no matter what team we play.
"We played Manchester City in the FA Cup this year and we still played three up front. We kept playing the way we wanted to play."
Doyley has gained cult status at Watford thanks to his commitment to the club.
The defender came through the club's academy and has never once considered leaving during a 12-year spell at Vicarage Road.
Doyley, known as 'Lloydinho' to Watford supporters, was in the side that gained promotion to the top flight via the play-offs in 2006.
Unlike this time around, Watford sailed through the play-offs. They swatted Palace aside 3-0 in the semi-finals before beating Leeds by the same scoreline at the Millennium Stadium.
"When we last won it we went in to the game very confident. We always knew we were going to beat Leeds, even though we lost against them a couple of times in the league," Doyley said.
Watford narrowly missed out on automatic promotion when they lost to Leeds on the final day of the season and they needed a dramatic 96th-minute winner from Troy Deeney to overcome Leicester in the second leg of their semi-final.
To avoid being on the wrong end of an upset on Monday they will have to keep Wilfried Zaha quiet.
The Eagles forward, playing his last match before leaving for Manchester United, scored twice against Brighton to send Palace through to the final, but Doyley is confident of keeping the England international quiet.
"We have (kept him quiet) twice already this year," Doyley added.
"He is a good player, but we have got a lot of good defenders in our team."
Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.
Phillips fires Palace back into top flight
Kevin Phillips grabbed the golden goal to fire Crystal Palace into the Barclays Premier League and end his play-off final hoodoo.
The evergreen striker, who turns 40 in the summer, kept his nerve to blast in an extra-time penalty and dash his former club Watford's dreams of promotion.
It was a special moment for Phillips, who had lost all three of his previous play-off finals.
It was special too for Manchester United-bound Wilfried Zaha, the young winger who signed off as a Palace player by winning the penalty and ensuring they will join him in the top flight next season.
Special too for manager Ian Holloway, whose Blackpool side were beaten by West Ham in last year's final, and who has been the fiercest critic of Watford's controversial use of loan players.
And it was special for Palace chairman Steve Parish and his co-owners, who saved the club from going bust three years ago and can now look forward to a windfall in the region of #120million.
Those high stakes seemed to overwhelm Watford, whose key performers this season simply did not show up at Wembley.
The Championship's player of the year Matej Vydra, one of the 10 players Watford borrowed from sister clubs in Italy and Spain, endured a miserable first half and limped off at half-time.
Instead it was Zaha who caught the eye throughout, and he lured Marco Cassetti into the clumsy lunge which ultimately settled the match in the 104th minute.
The 20-year-old, Sir Alex Ferguson's final signing for United, created Palace's only chance of the first half with a scintillating run down the right, leaving Nathaniel Chalobah and Cassetti chasing shadows before pulling the ball back to Owen Garvan, whose shot was blocked.
Watford, the top scorers in the Championship this season, were strangely subdued and caused few alarms in the Palace penalty area.
Troy Deeney crossed to no one when he should have shot, before Vydra was denied by a superb last-ditch tackle from Damien Delaney on the edge of the area.
Chelsea loanee Chalobah, with his prospective new boss Jose Mourinho in the stands, fizzed a low cross into the box but no one could get a touch.
Injuries did not help the flow of the game either - Palace midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi succumbed to a calf problem early on and Vydra spent most of the first half limping around forlornly before failing to emerge for the second.
It took almost an hour for the first shot on target to be registered, and Alex Geijo's grasscutter did not pose Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni any problems.
Palace did create a clear opening moments later but unfortunately it fell to Aaron Wilbraham, the player filling the void left by injured top scorer Glenn Murray and with one goal to his name all season.
The striker did not look confident as he bore down on goal and, having opted to turn back inside rather than shoot early, the opportunity disappeared.
But the game was at last opening up, and Zaha went on another mazy run before playing in Stuart O'Keefe, whose shot was saved by Manuel Almunia.
The corner fell to Wilbraham, with Almunia blocking again, before Danny Gabbidon's poor touch in front of a gaping goal from another corner left the defender with his head in his hands.
Almunia, having spent the first half as a virtual spectator, was now keeping his side in the match with fine saves from Garvan, Wilbraham and Mile Jedinak.
In extra-time it was Speroni who was forced into action to claw the ball from underneath Deeney as he chased Almen Abdi's cross.
But the breakthrough came when Cassetti, by now dizzy having been twisted and turned by Zaha yet again, brought the winger down in the area.
Referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot and Phillips crashed the penalty high into the net.
The drama did not end there with Joel Ward clearing Fernando Forestieri's shot off the line in stoppage time.
But it was Zaha, Phillips and Holloway who were celebrating moments later as the Eagles secured their return to the top flight after an eight-year absence.
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