Monday May 13, 2013 Semifinal Finished Amex Stadium

  1. Championship - Zaha double sends Palace into play-off final with win at Brighton

    Championship - Zaha double sends Palace into play-off final with win at Brighton

    Wilfred Zaha scored twice as Crystal Palace booked their place in the Championship play-off final with a 2-0 win at Brighton. More

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    Time:90'
    • Brighton and Hove Albion
    • Crystal Palace
    • 90+5' There goes the final whistle! Tomasz Kuszczak saves from Moritz, but it didn't mean anything in the end. A 2-0 win for the visiting side.
    • 89' We are into five minutes of time added on to this match. It is Palace v Watford in the play-off final unless Brighton find two goals.
    • 88' Off goes Zaha and on comes Stuart O'Keefe for the visiting side. The Palace fans in party mood.
    • 87' Palace have been the dominant force in this second half. Gus Poyet can only look on with a bewildered sort of gaze.
    • 86' Greer couldn't get near him there. A few sad faces among the Brighton fans, who are heading for the exit doors here.
    • 85' GOAL! Zaha thumps a shot high into the net from Dikgacoi's pass. Brilliant touch and finish. Palace lead 2-0. Surely game over.
    • 84' Brighton were the only side in this season's Championship not to win a single game from a losing position.
    • 83' Zaha again showing off his skills. Picks out Wilbraham, but his shot from distance is wide of the goal. Palace pushing for this second goal.
    • 82' Moritz with the corner, but Wilbraham heads wide of goal. What a chance that is! Should have been 2-0 to Palace.
    • 81' Moritz thumps a shot wide from the edge of the Brighton box. Deflection and the visitors have a corner here.
    • 80' Barnes deemed to be guilty of foul play in the Palace area. The visiting fans in full voice in the away end.
    • 79' Ian Holloway must be thrilled with his side's performance. Palace have been so well organised and Brighton have not had the answer.
    • 78' Lopez and Zaha compete for the loose ball. Barnes guilty of catching Jedinak with a late challenge.
    • 77' The yellow shirts of Palace sitting back to soak up the pressure as a ball from deep sails straight into the arms of Speroni.
    • 76' Wilfried Zaha's goal against Brighton was his first for Palace in his last 11 appearances.
    • 75' Palace defending in numbers to make sure Lua Lua can't cause any damage as the cross flies straight out of play.
    • 74' Comes to nothing and Delaney can launch the free-kick down the park. Tension mounting, but Brighton need a goal otherwise they are out.
    • 73' Buckley is going to be booked here for a late challege on Moxey.
    • 72' Clear foul by Hammond on Jedinak in the penalty box, but nothing doing. Should have been a Palace penalty.
    • 71' Ward takes out Lua Lua and that will be a free-kick to Brighton just outside the box. But comes to nothing as Lopez knocks the ball straight out of play.
    • 70' Kazenga Lua Lua takes over from Inigo Calderon for Brighton, who have around 20 minutes to rescue this evening.
    • 69' Dikgacoi thumps a shot at goal from distance, but straight into the arms of Kuszczak.
    • 68' Suddenly Palace in the lead. They are 1-0 ahead on the night and in the tie overall.
    • 67' GOAL! Zaha dives to nod into the net from close range. Brilliant cross from Bolasie and Brighton were nowhere near the Manchester United man.
    • 66' Fine cross from Moxey, but Ulloa is well placed to clear the danger for the home side.
    • 65' Barnes just on the park moments ago to replace Orlandi. Suddenly matters coming to the boil.
    • 64' Lopez with corner for Brighton, but this time Moxey is on the line to head away from the Barnes header. So close again for the home side.
    • 63' Chance for Barnes in the Palace box, but Speroni turns the ball onto the bar and over from his chip. Superb stop from the former Dundee man.
    • 62' Kagisho Dikgacoi brings down Buckley and that will be a booking. Takes one for the team there with Brighton breaking.
    • 61' Moritz throws in the free-kick, but Orlandi clears the danger for Brighton.
    • 60' And Palace have a free-kick deep in the Brighton half. Will the double change pay off for Palace?
    • 59' Yannick Bolasie enters for Jonathan for the visiting side.
    • 58' Andre Moritz takes over from Owen Garvan for Palace.
    • 57' Jedinak knocks a pass straight out of play. Looks like a change is coming here for Palace.
    • 56' Williams goes to ground under the attention of Hammond, but the referee waves play on.
    • 55' It is starting to hot up as Calderon forced to race back and make the challenge on Zaha.
    • 54' Gabbidon goes all the way back to Speroni, who knocks it long before bringing the ball out seconds later.
    • 53' On we go then after the hold-up with Palace in possession.
    • 52' A hold-up in play here while Orlandi is treated. A nasty one. A cut above the eye. Brave play by Orlandi.
    • 51' Orlandi takes a tumble and is in need of some treatment. Seemed to take a boot in the face.
    • 50' The Brighton faithful trying to encourage their side. The home side struggling to cut through this Palace shape.
    • 49' Surely there is going to be a few chances here. Has been very tight, but Williams blew that golden chance to give the visitors the lead.
    • 48' Wilfred Zaha commits a foul on William Buckley. A free-kick to the home side.
    • 47' Golden chance for Palace! Zaha sends Williams racing clear, but he fires inches wide from inside the Brighton box! What a chance missed!
    • 46' Brighton get the second half off and running.
    • 45+3' There goes the whistle for the break! 0-0 at half-time. Nothing to split these sides so far.
    • 45+1' Calderon takes out Zaha with a late challenge. He is going to be booked for that one. Zaha might need some treatment here.
    • 44' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 43' This is Palace's seventh play-off campaign - all in the second tier. Only Ipswich have been involved in an equal number at this level.
    • 42' Moxey sends a cross over from out wide, but the ball ends up flying straight out of play.
    • 41' Kevin Phillips looking relaxed on the Palace bench. Wonder when or if he will be introduced to the action.
    • 40' Holloway out of his technical area trying to encourage his side to come up with some magic.
    • 39' Palace seeing some joy finally in the home half. Calderon throws the ball down the line before Palace collect in their own half.
    • 38' Hammond stabs the ball towards his own goal from Zaha's cross, but Upson is on hand to wallop the loose ball clear.
    • 37' This is the first play-off campaign of Gus Poyet's managerial career. But no goals as yet for his side as Palace come forward.
    • 36' Garvan clips his own heels running out wide. Clearly went down himself. No foul, but he was looking for a foul.
    • 35' Brighton forced to go backwards to keep the ball. All very patient from the home side.
    • 34' Zaha can't get clear of Calderon before Speroni comes out of his goal to hammer clear a loose ball.
    • 33' Superb defending by Moxey to get the ball clear from in front of his own goal.
    • 32' Brighton won this season's equivalent league fixture 3-0 in March, with a double from Leonardo Ulloa either side of half-time, in addition to a goal from David Lopez.
    • 31' So 0-0 then in the first 30 minutes. And this match could yet go either way. Neither team have asserted themselves. Brighton perhaps just shading possession.
    • 30' Lopez with the delivery, but Jedinak well placed to deal with the danger before Speroni collects.
    • 29' Lopez bundled to the ground by Moxey. Brighton have a free-kick out wide.
    • 28' Greer showing his ability to win the ball with a strong challenge in his own half. Dikgacoi then sees the ball knocked out by the home defence.
    • 27' Palace appeal for a penalty. Claims it came off the hand of Upson, but replays show it came off his chest. And on we go with the score level at 0-0.
    • 26' Lopez trying to drag the ball out of his own half but he miscontrols deep in his own half. Palace then earn a corner.
    • 25' This is the fifth play-off campaign of Ian Holloway's managerial career. He famously took Blackpool up to the Premier League in May 2010, but failed to get Bristol Rovers past the semi-finals in 1998, and lost in the final with QPR at the Millennium Stadium in 2003 and with Blackpool at the new Wembley in 2012.
    • 24' Zaha doing well to make a block tackle on Calderon out wide. Palace collect seconds later. All very tight.
    • 23' Orlandi goes for goal, but knocks a volley straight into the arms of Speroni. We remain at 0-0 here.
    • 22' This match is fiercely competitive, but no clear-cut chances. Kuszczak down to hold the shot from Garvan.
    • 21' Zaha and Calderon collide going for a loose ball. Nothing much in that. Goalkick to the visiting team.
    • 20' Hammond slams a shot a couple of yards wide of goal from distance. Plenty of pace, but not the direction.
    • 19' The Eagles have not won away from home since a 1-0 victory over Derby at Pride Park on 1 March, and have only scored one game in their five subsequent matches on the road - drawn two and lost three.
    • 18' Bridge down on the deck here. Needing some treatment. His leg is heavily bandaged up out there. Holloway trying to rouse his side.
    • 17' Lopez sees an effort deflect over the bar via the head of Gabbidon before Upson heads wide from the corner. Nice stuff from Brighton. But no goal.
    • 16' Palace have been promoted to the top-flight via the play-offs on three occasions in 1989, 1997 and 2004.
    • 15' Calderon back to make a solid tackle on Zaha as Palace try to inject some purpose into their play.
    • 14' Calderon with a pass, but Jedinak breaks up the play. Zaha yet to settle into the match. Not looking like a £15 million Manchester United man so far.
    • 13' Lopez with the delivery. Zaha then loses the ball before Buckley fires a shot at goal from 15 yards, but Speroni dives to make a fine stop. Zaha almost punished for losing possession.
    • 12' Lopez sees a shot deflect wide from distance and the home side will have their first corner of the evening here.
    • 11' Brighton pick up at the back. Yet to truly test Speroni in that Palace goal. Palace working very hard to close down space.
    • 10' A few celebrity onlookers with Gianfranco Zola and Roberto di Matteo enjoying the action high in the stands. Zola's Watford meet the winners of this encounter at Wembley in a fortnight.
    • 9' Friday's first leg was Crystal Palace's fourth draw in an unbeaten last five, but Ian Holloway's side have only won one of their last 11 in all competitions.
    • 8' Buckley with a quick throw-in, but all a bit too fast as the move breaks down. Palace have a free-kick that Speroni can hammer long down the park.
    • 7' Only one win separates these clubs after 97 meetings over 93 years - Brighton have won 37, Crystal Palace 36 with 24 drawn.
    • 6' Speroni quickly off his line to make a brave stop as Ulloa dashed in on him. Both men needing a spot of treatment here.
    • 5' Aaron Wilbraham flicks an effort just wide of goal inside of the home area. Has to go down as a half-chance from Garvan's drilled shot.
    • 4' Brighton are unbeaten in their last 10 Championship matches - including play-offs - winning five and drawing five.
    • 3' Great run foward by Williams, but a solid enough tackle from a home defender. Referee Mark Clattenburg awards a goalkick to the home side.
    • 2' Lovely evening for it. And that pitch is like a bowling green. Brilliant atmopshere inside this ground with the home fans waving their flags.
    • 1' We are off and running. Palace kick us off.
    • 19:40 Teams out on the pitch. A packed Amex Stadium for this one. Odds in case you fancy a flutter: Brighton 10/11, Draw 13/5, Crystal Palace 7/2
    • 19:35 Liam Bridcutt, Brighton midfielder: "We've got massive confidence going into the next game. The Amex is our home ground and we've made it a fortress really. We will go out and play the football we know we can play and enjoy the occasion.... We knew from the start [that the first leg] would be tough for us."
    • 19:30 Ian Holloway, Crystal Palace manager: "I might think it's 60-40 in our favour. That's typical, in these games you have to talk it up. I believe in my players, Gus believes in his. I think now they know we are not as bad as they might have thought we were, and my lads realise 'hang on a minute, we can get at these'. We are not bad at soaking up pressure and then breaking. Who's to say one of my players can't nick a goal and rock their place?... And [Wilfried Zaha] is such a threat."
    • 19:25 Gus Poyet, Brighton manager: "We'll see how the players react and we'll see if there are any problems because we might have to freshen up the team. We have a great opportunity. It won't be easy and of course we need to make home advantage count. I'm sure at home, in front of our fans, it will be a little bit easier for us to create something... It's 60-40 in our favour."
    • 19:20 TEAM NEWS: Gus Poyet has named an unchanged side from the 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park. Andrea Orlandi starts after making a full recovery from a leg injury with Peter Brezovan and Gary Dicker taking over from Casper Ankergren and Vicente on the bench. Palace make one change with Glenn Murray out after suffering a knee injury in the first leg. Aaron Wilbraham comes in from the start.
    • 19:15 Teams: Brighton: Kuszczak; Calderon, Greer, Upson, Bridge; Bridcutt, David, Hammond; Buckley, Ulloa, Orlandi...subs: Brezovan, El-Abd, Crofts, Dicker, Painter, LuaLua, Barnes////Crystal Palace: Speroni, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey; Jedinak, Dikgacoi; Garvan, Williams, Zaha; Wilbraham..subs: Price, Moritz, Ramage, O'Keefe, Richards, Bolasie, Phillips
    • 19:10 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Championship play-off semi-final second leg between Brighton and Crystal Palace at the Amex. The first leg ended in a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park on Friday.
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  1. Well done the mighty eagles and i will be seeing you­ and supporting you at the wembly

    From Connor, on Thu 16 May 9:49
  2. RESPECT to you THOMAS NEAL, MILLWALL are our natural­ rivals, so that is a sporting comment!

    From HEISENBERG, on Tue 14 May 21:49
  3. Oh i do like to be beside the seaside i do like to be­ beside the, sea i do like to walk upon the prom prom­ prom when Palace win 2-none none none, well done Palace­ from a Millwall supporter. Eagles.

    From THOMAS NEAL, on Tue 14 May 13:31
  4. WHERE'S YOUR PLAY-OFF,WHERE'S YOUR­ PLAY-OFF,WHERE'S YOUR PLAY-OFF GONE??,WHERE'S­ YOUR PLAY-OFF GONE?? All weekend Brighton fans were­ giving it large saying they were gonna smash us. ­ Unlucky but still EAGLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From CPFC 1905, on Tue 14 May 10:37
  5. Gus Poyet OUT!!!!!

    From ANDREA R, on Mon 13 May 23:02
  6. NEVER under estimate the passion, the desire, the­­ determination, and of course the pride of the CRYSTAL­­ PALACE FOOTBALL CLUB! . . .YOU HADE BEEN WARNED!

    From Psycho Eagle, on Mon 13 May 22:54
  7. Well done palace next watford no problem and with­ murrey and phillips not used tonight and also well done­ to zaha lets get up into the premier league. Oh one­ more thing someone said put zaha on loan at cardiff­ what a joke. Lets have zaha back at the palace next­ season. ­ ­ v....................................

    From VINCENT, on Mon 13 May 22:44
  8. SACK the MIDGET! . . .Tom Clark got it WRONG? Form­ book 0-2 PALACE.

    From MAD!, on Mon 13 May 22:41
  9. well done ollie

    From mark, on Mon 13 May 21:50
  10. thats why murray left and dobbie dreamed of it

    From yasmin, on Mon 13 May 21:48
  11. Can you still buy thou's pink cowboy hats in­ Brighton?

    From , on Mon 13 May 21:46
  12. Can't wait to have palace back in PL

    From Mawa, on Mon 13 May 21:44
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    maybe Cardiff City should get Zaha on loan from Man­ United

    From Bob, on Mon 13 May 21:43
  14. hello dougie we have a midget

    From yasmin, on Mon 13 May 21:42
  15. its about time these play offs were scrapped why play­ all season then many sides who are many points behind­ the 3rd placed side are winning promotion

    From B, on Mon 13 May 21:39
  16. God its all over ,,,, for brighton ,,,good­ night !!!!!

    From Dex, on Mon 13 May 21:38
  17. Looks like LEEDS coming to Brighton again next season?

    From Del, on Mon 13 May 21:37
  18. Don't care if we go up, just glad we didn't­ lose to you rabble! Thank you Wilf!!!

    From Sam, on Mon 13 May 21:36
  19. dear oh dear Battty Boys. Nevermind, enjoy Doncaster­ next season!

    From Paul L, on Mon 13 May 21:35
  20. Trying to play like Barcelona with second rate players.­ Don't have the skill or speed of thought to do­ that.

    From Frustrado, on Mon 13 May 21:35
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