Monday May 27, 2013 Final Finished Wembley

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  1. Championship - Phillips sends Crystal Palace into the Premier League

    Championship - Phillips sends Crystal Palace into the Premier League

    Crystal Palace returned to the Premier League as they beat Watford 1-0 after extra-time in the Championship play-off final. More

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    Time:120'
    • Crystal Palace
    • Watford
    • 120+1' Crystal Palace return to the Premier League as they beat Watford 1-0 after extra-time in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.
    • 120' A long punt is flicked on by Deeney and comes off Gabbidon and is just wide of the post. Hearts in mouth time.
    • 119' Ward heads off the line to deny Forestieri The sub cut inside and tried to dink it into the top corner with the outside of his boot but nodded clear.
    • 118' Watford wanted a penalty but no hand involved.
    • 117' Real chance! The ball falls to Ekstrand in the penalty area but his effort is charged down by the diving Ward who is struck in the stomach.
    • 116' An aerial bombardment now from Watford.
    • 115' Crystal Palace have been awarded 16 penalties this season, more than any other side in the Championship.
    • 114' Palace boss Ian Holloway, who was in charge of his third play-off final in four years, is yelling at his team from the sidelines.
    • 113' Abdi’s curler is tame and straight at Speroni.
    • 112' Moritz gets on the wrong side of Deeney and that is a free-kick for Watford 35 yards from goal.
    • 111' Wilbraham lashes out and is lucky the referee did not see that otherwise he would have been off.
    • 110' The ball bounces around the area but Speroni races off his line to claim the ball ahead of Geijo.
    • 109' Hogg with a burst down the right and earns a corner off Delaney.
    • 108' Both Wilbraham and Zaha need treatment.
    • 107' Great ball from Zaha to Phillips but at nearly 40, the sub did not have the pace to break clear.
    • 106' Will the Londoners return to the top-flight for the first time since 2005 and join Cardiff City and Hull City, who were automatically promoted as champions and runners-up, in the Premier League.
    • 105+2' Half-time and the 39-year-old has put his side within 15 minutes of a return to the Premier League.
    • 105+1' GOAL! 1-0 PALACE AND A SUPERB PENALTY FROM KEVIN PHILLIPS. The veteran rifles the ball into the top right-hand corner, giving Almunia no chance.
    • 105' PENALTY! Cassetti brings down Zaha on the right side of the box. It is a clear spot-kick and the veteran Italian is booked.
    • 104' Abdi heads away at the back post. Zaha keeps the ball alive and eventually Delaney has a swinger that is past the far post.
    • 103' Cassetti commits his umpteenth foul, bringing down Zaha, and Palace can put this into the danger area.
    • 102' Moritz’ cross is hooked away by Doyley under Almunia’s nose.
    • 101' Delaney needs treatment after a nasty collision with Forestieri who catches him on the head.
    • 100' The last Championship play-off final to go to extra time came in 2002, when Birmingham edged Norwich in a penalty shoot-out.
    • 99' The Championship play-off final has NEVER ended in a 0-0.
    • 98' Half cleared to Battocchio 30 yards out who responds with a well struck, swerving effort but straight at Speroni.
    • 97' And now Gabbidon heads over his own crossbar for a Palace corner.
    • 96' Palace earn their fifth corner but cleared.
    • 95' Another clearance from Doyley, he has been superb.
    • 94' Audacious attempt from Battocchio from an acute angle and the ball flashes into the side netting.
    • 93' Speroni's outstretched hand pushed the ball away from the Watford striker just as he was about to tap the ball into what he thought was an empty net.
    • 92' What a save from Speroni !!! The Palace keeper denies Deeney who nips in ahead of Ward at the back post but sees the Argentine keeper spring to his left to claw the ball away.
    • 91' Here we go for 30 minutes of extra time.
    • 90+4' 0-0. EXTRA TIME !
    • 90+3' Moritz’ corner is met by Jedinak and a firm header is held by Almunia. A Hollywood save from the Spaniard.
    • 90+2' O’Keefe finds Zaha down the left channel. A chance if he strikes it early but he takes too long and Doyley gets back to force him wide. Corner.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of added time to be played.
    • 90' Super turn from Deeney but a weak shot from 20 yards.
    • 89' Geijo finds fellow sub Battocchio who surely must shoot but a stepover sends him wide and his cross is eventually volleyed over by Deeney.
    • 88' Forestieri goes down looking for a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area but referee Atkinson correctly waves play on.
    • 87' The Championship play-off final has gone into extra time twice before in 1998 and 2002 and on both occasions the match also went into a penalty shoot-out.
    • 86' And this will be the final change of the match as Fernando Forestieri comes on for Anya.
    • 85' The ball almost falls to Geijo in the penalty area but it runs through to Speroni.
    • 84' Andre Moritz replaces Garvan.
    • 83' Zaha picks out Wilbraham 12 yards out, decent first touch and hooks his effort on goal but again Almunia is his match.
    • 83' Joel Ward is booked for a reckless challenge on Pudil.
    • 82' Garvan gets a volley off on the turn but straight down the throat of Almunia. Lovely touch to earn himself the space and well struck but too close to the Spanish custodian.
    • 81' Another key interception by Doyley but yet again Wilbraham is far too slow when he has a sight at goal.
    • 80' 10 months’ work could now come down to 10 minutes.
    • 79' Remember these are the two top scoring teams in the division and no goals and not that many chances.
    • 78' Garman’s corner is cleared by Doyley.
    • 77' Watford give the ball away cleaply. Phillips bears down on goal and after a cross from the right, Almunia punches behind for a corner.
    • 76' For the record Phillips is playing down the left. Wilbraham still ploughing a lone furrow down the middle.
    • 75' Danny Baker: "Wigan players must be watching this game and saying, "So let's get this right. WE'RE going down - and one of these two is coming up?"
    • 74' Cristian Battocchio replaces Chalobah. The Argentine is the fifth Udinese player on view.
    • 73' Zaha ties Pudil in knots down the right but Doyley heads the cross clear.
    • 72' A fast break from Palace. Phillips nods back to Garvan whose volley from 20 yards is wide of the far post.
    • 71' Zaha’s cross from the right finds Phillips at the back post but his header is cut out.
    • 70' Daniel Friebe: "Kevin Phillips?! Kevin Phillips?! Who are Watford bringing on? Luther Blissett?"
    • 69' O’Keefe brings down Doyley. Cries for a second yellow but referee Atkinson says it was no more than a coming together and just a free-kick.
    • 68' Somewhere in the middle of all that action veteran Kevin Phillips has replaced Williams for Palace.
    • 67' Watford at sixes and sevens as Almunia flaps at a corner but Gabbidon can’t control at the back post with the goal gaping and eventually Watford hack clear.
    • 66' Another chance as Cassetti and Pudil inexplicably leave a through ball for each other and it runs through to Wilbraham. Any sort of lift from close range would have broken the deadlock but Almunia makes himself big to smother.
    • 65' 65 minutes on the clock and finally a goalkeeper is forced to make a save. Zaha with space down the left, he checks and squares to O’Keefe whose fierce strike is repelled by Almunia at the near post.
    • 64' Geijo nutmegs Delaney in the penalty area but Speroni is off his line to claim.
    • 63' Remember Glenn Murray, the Championship's 30-goal leading marksman, suffered a cruciate injury in the semi-final first leg against Brighton.
    • 62' Wilbraham, 33, has scored just one goal - in a 4-1 Capital One Cup One defeat by Preston in August - since joining from Norwich last summer.
    • 61' Wilbraham’s chance came just moments after Pudil went down in the penalty area, looking for a spot-kick. Did not looked as if there was much contact.
    • 60' It is all going off now as O’Keefe kicks the ball against Abdi who is writhing around on the ground but putting it on. Both players booked.
    • 59' Wilbraham with space down the right channel. He runs through on goal, cuts back inside Cassetti but sees his shot blocked. Too ponderous. What a chance!
    • 58' Doyley runs out of defence but no real purchase on the shot which hits the heel of a Palace defence.
    • 57' Alex Geijo turns and runs at the Palace defence but he scuffs his shot which trickles through to Speroni.
    • 56' Crystal Palace have netted 63% of their goals after half-time this term while 58% of Watford's have come after the break so fingers crossed.
    • 55' Cassetti fouls Zaha and Palace can put the ball into the danger zone. Delaney heads into the path of Wilbraham but he can’t get a shot off on the turn.
    • 54' Anya with a nice stepover down the right flank but his cross is headed clear by Delaney.
    • 53' Beautiful trickery from Zaha down the right to elude Cassetti but his cross is too deep.
    • 52' Now Jedanik is moving very gingerly. It would be a cruel blow if Palace lost their Player of the Year and both their defensive midfield rocks.
    • 51' Hogg nods back to Abdi but his shot is blocked again by that man Delaney.
    • 50' And it is Chalobah who has a strike at goal from around 30 yards, similar range to when he scored against Leicester, but this effort is well off target.
    • 49' And it is Chalobah who has a strike at goal from around 30 yards, similar range to when he scored against Leicester but this effort is well off target.
    • 48' Nathaniel Chalobah of Chelsea is the only player who actually counts towards their loan quota.
    • 47' Geijo, like Vydra, is a Udinese player. Watford currently have six players on the pitch from Udinese and Granada - teams who are also under the umbrella of Hornets owners the Pozzo family. Under Football League rules, loan deals arranged with foreign teams are recognised as transfers, meaning there is no limit to the number of loanees from overseas.
    • 46' Here we go for the second-half with Vydra having been replaced after picking up an ankle injury. Alex Geijo comes on.
    • 45+3' Half-time. A cagey first-half short on quality and shots on goal comes to an end. 0-0.
    • 45+1' Wilbraham thought he was through on goal but a clear push on Abdi.
    • 45' Three minutes added time to be played.
    • 44' Vydra is now limping.
    • 43' A solid header out and Anya’s 30-yard return effort is high, wide and not very handsome.
    • 42' Moxey is under pressure from Abdi and gives away the corner. Watford’s fourth.
    • 41' Jonathan Hogg’s cross is just taken off the toe of Abdi. Vital touch 25 yards out.
    • 40' O’Keefe tries to pick out Zaha on the left but too much weight on the cross and again the move breaks down in the final third.
    • 39' Palace's Jonathan Williams goes down in the area, the fans wanted a penalty but not the player. He didn’t even appeal.
    • 38' Eurosport's Jim White: "Palace fans much the noisier. It must have been the sight of Jo Brand in the smart seats that excited them."
    • 37' Nathaniel Chalobah swings a dangerous centre across the face of the goal but no yellow shirts on hand to apply a touch.
    • 36' Elton John, Eddie Izzard and Jo Brand amongst those watching on. Elton attended the 1984 FA Cup final with his wife, how things change.
    • 35' We remain starved of goalscoring chances. Neither keeper has been tested yet.
    • 34' Woeful mistake from Jedinak in the centre circle but Watford are unable to capitalise.
    • 33' Anya’s cross from the right touchline is cleared, deep in his own area, by Dean Moxey.
    • 32' Better from Watford and a goal saving challenge from Delaney to prevent Vydra’s shot finding the back of the net. Best chance yet.
    • 31' A lightning turn of pace from Ikechi Anya down the right flank. Watford keep the move alive but Deeney tries to steer the ball across the six-yard box rather than having a volley on goal and his touch is too heavy.
    • 30' Ekstrand forces a corner which Speroni spills but Palace are able to clear.
    • 29' Palace’s Australian skipper Jedinak into the book for a crude bodycheck on Abdi.
    • 28' Free-kick to Palace and a chance to put the ball in the penalty area but the flag is up.
    • 27' Palace have had 74% of possession in the last 10 minutes.
    • 26' A diagonal ball aimed at Deeney runs out of play. Watford not clicking right now.
    • 25' We have seen next to nothing of Czech Republic international Matej Vydra, one of Watford's loanees from Serie A's Udinese.
    • 24' A cross from the right by O’Keefe is cleared somewhat unconvincingly by Doyley.
    • 23' Meanwhile Watford are unbeaten in their two Championship play-off finals, winning in 1999 and 2006.
    • 22' Palace starting to look the more likely, They are in a record fifth Championship play-off final. They've won three times in 1989, 1997, 2004.
    • 21' Great run by Zaha down the right, he muscles his way past a couple and squares to Owen Garvan but his shot is charged down by Lloyd Doyley.
    • 20' Damien Delaney heads clear in his own penalty clear as Watford aim for big striker Troy Deeney with a long free-kick.
    • 19' Dikgacoi has a calf problem. Former Southend midfielder O’Keefe has played 13 minutes of first-team football since February.
    • 18' Zaha surges towards the Watford goal but his final ball is wasteful.
    • 17' Stuart O'Keefe replaces Dikgacoi and that is a big loss for Palace.
    • 16' The South African midfielder is shaking his head and looks like he will have to come off.
    • 15' Kagisho Dikgacoi is down, clutching his face, and needs some treatment.
    • 14' The last 10 competitive meetings between Crystal Palace and Watford have seen 38 goals hit the back of the net.
    • 13' The corner is cleared.
    • 12' Almen Abdi has some space down the right channel but a heavy touch allows Mile Jedinak to get across and Watford have to settle for a corner.
    • 11' A rash tackle from behind by Joel Ekstrand on Wilbraham and Watford’s Swede is correctly booked.
    • 10' Free-kick to Palace and swung into the penalty area but comfortably claimed by Manuel Almunia.
    • 9' The first glimpse of the skill and pace of Zaha but he eventually runs the ball out for a goal kick.
    • 8' Aaron Wilbraham gets a shot off but well blocked by Marco Cassetti.
    • 7' Five of the last seven Championship play-off finals have been won by the side who finished third in the table which is a good omen for the Hornets.
    • 6' Watford dominating early possession without creating any chance of note but knocking it around patiently in the style of a top-flight team.
    • 5' Jose Mourinho is an interested onlooker at Wembley today.
    • 4' Palace keeper Julian Speroni needs to clear some red and blue balloons from his own penalty area.
    • 3' Pudil is a very attacking wing-back in Zola’s 3-5-2 formation.
    • 2' Early sight of goal for Daniel Pudil but he is blocked out on the edge of the penalty area.
    • 1' Here we go. Watford get the game underway.
    • 14:57 Here come the teams on a warm sunny day in London before a colourful full house. Martin Atkinson is the man in charge today.
    • 14:55 Having only missed out on an automatic promotion berth to Hull on the final day of the season, Watford are favourites and have taken four points from London side Palace this season. We could see several goals as the two clubs drew 2-2 in February and Watford won 3-2 at Palace in August.
    • 14:50 His opposite number Gianfranco Zola captivated Premier League crowds with his mesmerising skills as a striker during a seven-year spell with Chelsea. Two years at the helm of West Ham United in the top flight ended unhappily but the Italian has made a big impact at Watford, albeit thanks to controversial loan signings from parent club Udinese.
    • 14:45 Whoever wins, the Premier League can be assured a popular face will be making a return as both clubs boast managers who have earned plenty of admirers from previous spells in the top flight. Palace boss Ian Holloway was always one of the most quotable managers when he was in charge of Blackpool's rollercoaster ride in the 2010-11 season and is appearing in his third play-off final in four years, having won with Blackpool in 2010 and lost with them last season.
    • 14:40 The financial boost would be huge for Palace, who came fifth in the League, three years after a group of local businessmen rescued the club from administration, while for Watford, who finished third in the table, it would be an immediate reward for Italy's Pozzo family who bought the club last year.
    • 14:35 Both clubs are pretty familiar with the top flight with Watford last playing there in 2007 and Palace in 2005 and they are seeking to join Cardiff City and Hull City, who were automatically promoted as champions and runners-up.
    • 14:30 Watford boss Gianfranco Zola took his squad to Marbella for a four-day warm weather training break last week and has no new injury problems but he makes two changes from the team that beat Leicester. The Italian goes with Daniel Pudil over Matt Briggs in defence, while midfielder Jonathan Hogg is picked ahead of Argentinian Christian Battocchio. Troy Deeney partners Championship player of the year Matej Vydra up front again.
    • 14:25 Wilfried Zaha is fit for his final match as a Crystal Palace player. The winger, who completes a £15million switch to Manchester United after the game, has been carrying an ankle knock. Top scorer Glenn Murray is out with a cruciate injury and fellow striker Stephen Dobbie's loan from Brighton has expired, so Aaron Wilbraham leads the attack with veteran frontman Kevin Phillips starting on the bench. Captain Paddy McCarthy remains sidelined with a groin injury and full-back Jonathan Parr is out
    • 14:20 TEAMS: Watford: Almunia, Doyley, Ekstrand, Cassetti, Anya, Chalobah, Hogg, Abdi, Pudil, Deeney, Vydra. Subs: Bond, Hall, Briggs, Yeates, Battocchio, Geijo, Forestieri /// Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Williams, Zaha, Wilbraham. Subs: Price, Richards, Ramage, Bolasie, Phillips, O'Keefe, Moritz
    • 14:15 Two days after Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund fought it out for Europe's most prestigious club prize at Wembley, Watford and Crystal Palace take to the same pitch chasing an even more financially lucrative reward. The Championship play-off final will determine which team will be promoted to the Premier League, a feat analysts estimate to be worth £120 million.
  • Summary

    • 120' A long punt is flicked on by Deeney and comes off Gabbidon and is just wide of the post. Hearts in mouth time.
    • 119' Ward heads off the line to deny Forestieri The sub cut inside and tried to dink it into the top corner with the outside of his boot but nodded clear.
    • 117' Real chance! The ball falls to Ekstrand in the penalty area but his effort is charged down by the diving Ward who is struck in the stomach.
    • 105+1' GOAL! 1-0 PALACE AND A SUPERB PENALTY FROM KEVIN PHILLIPS. The veteran rifles the ball into the top right-hand corner, giving Almunia no chance.
    • 105' PENALTY! Cassetti brings down Zaha on the right side of the box. It is a clear spot-kick and the veteran Italian is booked.
    • 92' What a save from Speroni !!! The Palace keeper denies Deeney who nips in ahead of Ward at the back post but sees the Argentine keeper spring to his left to claw the ball away.
    • 90+3' Moritz’ corner is met by Jedinak and a firm header is held by Almunia. A Hollywood save from the Spaniard.
    • 83' Zaha picks out Wilbraham 12 yards out, decent first touch and hooks his effort on goal but again Almunia is his match.
    • 83' Joel Ward is booked for a reckless challenge on Pudil.
    • 82' Garvan gets a volley off on the turn but straight down the throat of Almunia. Lovely touch to earn himself the space and well struck but too close to the Spanish custodian.
    • 67' Watford at sixes and sevens as Almunia flaps at a corner but Gabbidon can’t control at the back post with the goal gaping and eventually Watford hack clear.
    • 66' Another chance as Cassetti and Pudil inexplicably leave a through ball for each other and it runs through to Wilbraham. Any sort of lift from close range would have broken the deadlock but Almunia makes himself big to smother.
    • 65' 65 minutes on the clock and finally a goalkeeper is forced to make a save. Zaha with space down the left, he checks and squares to O’Keefe whose fierce strike is repelled by Almunia at the near post.
    • 60' It is all going off now as O’Keefe kicks the ball against Abdi who is writhing around on the ground but putting it on. Both players booked.
    • 59' Wilbraham with space down the right channel. He runs through on goal, cuts back inside Cassetti but sees his shot blocked. Too ponderous. What a chance!
    • 32' Better from Watford and a goal saving challenge from Delaney to prevent Vydra’s shot finding the back of the net. Best chance yet.
    • 29' Palace’s Australian skipper Jedinak into the book for a crude bodycheck on Abdi.
    • 21' Great run by Zaha down the right, he muscles his way past a couple and squares to Owen Garvan but his shot is charged down by Lloyd Doyley.
    • 11' A rash tackle from behind by Joel Ekstrand on Wilbraham and Watford’s Swede is correctly booked.

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