Championship Play Off Final : Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Kevin Philips Crystal Palace

Kevin Phillips, Crystal Palace

Championship Play Off Final : Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha was named player of the match after he produced an outstanding performance to help Palace beat Watford 1-0 in a fiercely fought battle worth upwards of £120m to the victors, by winning the penalty that enabled Kevin Phillips to score the decisive goal in extra time.

Twenty-year-old Zaha is due to report to David Moyes at Old Trafford next season, having been previously signed by Man United's legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson for £15m in January before being loaned back to Palace for the remainder of the season.

Manager Ian Holloway may ask Man United to loan Zaha back to Crystal Palace to help the club stay in the Premier League after moving up. Holloway plans to build a squad that will avoid coming straight back down.

"I think he'd be silly to give me him back to me. But you never know, now that we're up it might be realistic. We'll see."

Watford's manager, Gianfranco Zola, said that Zaha was "the difference between the teams".

"I have never questioned the abilities of Zaha," said Zola. "In games like this where it is very balanced and tense, it is decided by the individuality of a player. He created that penalty from nothing. I also liked the way he managed himself on the pitch. Now he is going to play for the champions and the level that he has to play at is bigger, but I am sure he will learn and he is going to a place that is very good at improving players. He will go far, he has a lot of talent."

Holloway may also try to secure Phillips for another season. The 39-year-old is out of contract in June.

"My body's aching at the end of a long season, I'll have to go away and have a think," said Phillips. "If something is offered to me, I'd be daft to turn it down."

Halloway has praise for Phillips.

"I'll keep signing him until he's 50 or 60 if he keeps putting the ball in the net." 

"The difficult thing for Kevin is living in a hotel once or twice a week because he doesn't want to move his family any more," Holloway said. "My lads accept that because they know what he does when he turns up. So it might be about whether he can still have that enthusiasm like me, that jiggle in the soul you feel in the morning."

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Zaha, Jedinak, Garvan (Moritz 84), Dikgacoi (O'Keefe 18), Williams (Phillips 64), Wilbraham. Subs not used: Price, Richards, Bolasie, Ramage.

Booked: Jedinak, O'Keefe, Ward, Moxey

Goals: Phillips 105+1 pen

Watford: Almunia, Doyley, Ekstrand, Cassetti, Anya (Forestieri 86), Chalobah (Battocchio 74), Hogg, Pudil, Abdi, Deeney, Vydra (Geijo 46). Subs not used: Bond, Hall, Yeates, Briggs.

Booked: Ekstrand, Abdi, Cassetti

Attendance: 81,025

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

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