UK time is: 08:28:50
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

A date with destiny: Palace in the play-off final

Watford will take on Crystal Palace in the npower Championship play-off final after a brace from loanee Wilfried Zaha downed Brighton.

After a goalless draw at Selhurst Park in the first-leg, a double from Manchester United loanee Zaha helped the Eagles through the the final at Wembley Stadium.

Gianfranco Zola's side will take on Ian Holloway's men for a place in the Premier League and Wembley on Bank Holiday Monday and there's a nice element of closure about the whole affair.

The Golden Boys beat Dougie Freedman's Palace at Selhurst Park way back on the first day of the season thanks to Matej Vydra's stunning finish and now their last fixture of the season will be against the same side for a shot at the big time.

In February, Holloway very vocally condemned the club's loan policy, famously circling the nine players on loan from Udinese in the matchday programme - something picked up by Sky Sports in their coverage of the 2-2 draw at Vicarage Road that night.

Since then, Holloway has used every opportunity possible to criticise the Hornets for their volume of loanees, in spite of the important role played by Palace loanees Zaha, Kevin Phillips, Jazz Richards and Stephen Dobbie.

Victory over the south London side at Wembley and promotion to the Premier League ahead of Holloway in particular, would be a particularly sweet culmination to a wonderful season.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 13 2013

Time: 10:16PM

Your Comments

It was Roy of the Rovers stuff for Wilfred! I am a FOOTBALL FAN - so I do know how the Brighton fans are feeling - However - the "FAT LADY" hasn't hummed yet - let alone sung! Great performance - cool - lets stay cool!
cannonball
Palace have nothing we should fear.. They have been lucky all season.. There luck has just run out starting 27th May.. Mind games from Holloway will start soon as he knows palace can't win without them....
watford1881
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Watford Articles

Watford Defeated At Portman Road (Saturday November 8 2014)

Stats: Ipswich Town v Watford (Saturday November 8 2014)

PREVIEW: Ipswich v Watford (Saturday November 8 2014)

Stats: Birmingham City v Watford (Tuesday November 4 2014)

Watford Go Top After Millwall Victory (Saturday November 1 2014)

Stats: Watford v Millwall (Saturday November 1 2014)

PREVIEW: Watford v Millwall (Friday October 31 2014)

Opposing View: Millwall (Thursday October 30 2014)

Watford Take A Point At The Riverside (Saturday October 25 2014)

Archived Watford Articles

List All Vital Watford Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Gary Pine 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Sheff Wed 0 - 3 Watford
Norwich 3 - 0 Watford
Ipswich 1 - 0 Watford
Middlesbrough 1 - 1 Watford
Charlton 1 - 0 Watford
Blackburn 2 - 2 Watford

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
3. Middlesbrough 17 9 4 4 14 31
4. Brentford 18 9 4 5 2 31
5. Ipswich 17 8 6 3 8 30
6. Watford 17 8 5 4 11 29
7. Blackburn 17 7 6 4 3 27
8. Charlton 17 6 9 2 2 27
9. Wolves 17 7 6 4 0 27

Breaking League News

Redfearn wants the opposition to fear Leeds
Leeds Utd : 22/11/2014 08:00:00
Byram confident after being given freedom to play
Leeds Utd : 22/11/2014 08:00:00
LUFC On This Day - November 22nd
Leeds Utd : 22/11/2014 07:00:00
Rotherham v Birmingham
Birmingham : 22/11/2014 07:00:00
What The Stats Say: Rotherham
Birmingham : 22/11/2014 07:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who is our greatest ever Player of the Season winning keeper?
Suggested By:  Louis
Andy Rankin 1%
David James 11%
Kevin Miller 11%
Alec Chamberlain 11%
Ben Foster 66%