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May 27, 2013 7:30 PM IST
Wembley Stadium — London
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 82025‎
 
105+1′ (PG) Kevin Phillips
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford (aet)

Kevin Phillips' brilliant penalty sends the Eagles back to the top flight for the first time since 2005 as Manchester United-bound Wilfried Zaha secures a glorious farewell

By Liam Twomey

  • Julian Speroni
    1
    1
    3.50

    Julian Speroni

    Looked a little flappy when dealing with high balls, but generally commanded his area well and was barely tested early on by an unusually blunt Watford attack. Made a vital stop to deny Deeney in extra-time.

  • Joel Ward
    1
    1
    3.50

    Joel Ward

    Rarely troubled by Pudil and got forward whenever he could to boost his team's attacking threat. Made two heroic blocks in the dying minutes to prevent Ekstrand and Forestieri levelling things up.

  • Dean Moxey
    2
    0
    3.00

    Dean Moxey

    Occasionally tormented by the blistering pace of Anya, but generally acquitted himself quite well.

  • Damien Delaney
    2
    1
    3.50

    Damien Delaney

    Marshalled his defence well and made one sensational last-ditch block to deny a goal-bound effort from Vydra.

  • Danny Gabbidon
    2
    0
    3.00

    Danny Gabbidon

    Solid at the back and assured on the ball, bringing it out of defence whenever he could.

  • Kagisho Dikgacoi
    1
    1

    Kagisho Dikgacoi

    Had barely any time to get into the game before injury forced him to withdraw on 17 minutes.

  • Owen Garvan
    1
    1
    3.00

    Owen Garvan

    Used the ball sensibly when he had it, but didn't exert much influence in the way of creating chances. Unlucky to see his late volley flew straight into the arms of Almunia.

  • Mile Jedinak
    2
    0
    3.00

    Mile Jedinak

    Kept things ticking over nicely in the Palace midfield but was lucky not to be sent off for an elbow on Chalobah.

  • Jonathan Williams
    1
    1
    3.00

    Jonathan Williams

    Tidy on the ball and usually made the right decision, though he wasn't able to be decisive in the final third.

  • Wilfried Zaha
    28
    0
    4.00

    Wilfried Zaha Top of the Match

    His passion for the cause was always evident, as was his exceptional strength and skill one-on-one, though his final ball or shot was often frustratingly poor. He kept going though, and drew the penalty which won the game.

  • Aaron Wilbraham
    1
    0
    2.50

    Aaron Wilbraham

    Let the line intelligently but his lack of goal threat was highlighted when he missed two glorious opportunities after the break.

Substitutions

  • Stuart O'Keefe
    0
    0
    3.00

    Stuart O'Keefe

    Full of energy - and too much enthusiasm at times - and did really well to buy a yard of space in the penalty area in the second half, only to be denied by a sprawling Almunia.

  • André Moritz
    0
    0
    2.50

    André Moritz

    Came on for Garvan on 84 minutes, but offered little more in the way of attacking threat.

  • Kevin Phillips
    3
    0
    3.50

    Kevin Phillips

    Came on for Williams with 25 minutes left and was unfortunate that none of his side's best chances fell to him. Got one from 12 yards in extra-time though, and took it nervelessly. He always does.

  • Manuel Almunia
    1
    0
    3.00

    Manuel Almunia

    Like his opposite number Speroni, he looked uncertain when dealing with crosses, but he made an excellent save to deny O'Keefe. Could do nothing about Philips' penalty.

  • Lloyd Doyley
    0
    0
    3.50

    Lloyd Doyley

    Looked his side's best defender and made a couple of crucial interceptions, even if his tendency to play long balls rather than passing the ball upfield often gifted Palace possession.

  • Marco Cassetti
    0
    1
    2.00

    Marco Cassetti Flop of the Match

    Cool on the ball but Zaha caused him no end of problems whenever he ran at him, and a rash challenge eventually led to the decisive penalty.

  • Nathaniel Chalobah
    1
    0
    2.50

    Nathaniel Chalobah

    Unusually erratic with his decision-making in midfield, and never looked to settle into the occasion. Taken of with 15 minutes left.

  • L. Ekstrand
    0
    0
    2.50

    L. Ekstrand

    Booked early on, and this seemed to take a little of the confidence out of his defending, especially as Palace poured forward after the interval.

  • Jonathan Hogg
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jonathan Hogg

    Solid rather than spectacular in the midfield, but could not provide any kind of creative spark for his team.

  • Daniel Pudil
    0
    0
    2.50

    Daniel Pudil

    Got forward whenever he could, but the presence and threat of Zaha meant he spent most of the second half pinned inside his own half.

  • Ikechi
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ikechi

    His pace was Watford's most persistent outlet, but his crossing never managed to find Deeney, Vydra or Geijo in space in the box.

  • Almen Abdi
    0
    0
    3.00

    Almen Abdi

    Bombed forward often to try and support Watford's strikers, but to no real avail. Put one dangerous ball in for Deeney in extra-time.

  • Troy Deeney
    1
    0
    2.50

    Troy Deeney

    For all his goalscoring heroics this season, he didn't even force Speroni into a save until extra-time, when the Argentine rose to the occasion superbly.

  • Matěj Vydra
    1
    0
    3.00

    Matěj Vydra

    Looked reasonably dangerous until he picked up an ankle injury and had to be replaced by Geijo at half-time.

Substitutions

  • Cristian Battocchio
    0
    0
    2.50

    Cristian Battocchio

    Replaced Chalobah with 15 minutes of normal time remaining but offered little more in the way of penetration. Fired one decent long-range attempt straight at Speroni.

  • Alex Geijo
    0
    0
    3.00

    Alex Geijo

    Caused problems with his physicality and close control as the game became stretched, but didn't carry much of a goal threat himself.

  • Fernando Forestieri
    0
    0
    2.50

    Fernando Forestieri

    Came on for Anya with four minutes of normal time remaining and almost made an instant impact, but dummied the ball in the area when he should have shot himself. Unlucky to see his curler at the end cleared off the line.

Results
 
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ross McCormack Ross McCormack
Striker
Leeds
28 2
Jordan Rhodes Jordan Rhodes
Striker
Blackburn Rovers
24 3
Troy Deeney Troy Deeney
Striker
Watford XI
21 5
Lewis Grabban Lewis Grabban
Striker
Bournemouth
20 6
Sam Vokes Sam Vokes
Striker
Burnley
20 4