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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.

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Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 13 2013

Time: 10:16PM

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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!
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13/05/2013 22:47:00

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....
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