Wilfried Zaha scores twice to seal Championship play-off final place for Crystal Palace
London side will face Watford on May 27th
Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Saha heads past Brighton goalkeeper Tomasz |Kuszczak to score during Monday night’s Championship play-off second leg at Amex Stadium, Brighton, last night. Photograph: Getty Images
Wilfried Zaha scored both goals as Crystal Palace beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 last night to reach the Championship play-off final where they will face Watford.
The sides were level 0-0 after Friday’s first leg and it took until the 69th minute for the visitors to break the deadlock. Zaha, who is joining Manchester United in July, sent Palace a step closer to joining him in the top flight with a header from close range after a superb cross from substitute Yannick Bolasie.
The Ivory Coast-born forward made sure of the win with a fine left-footed strike into the roof of the net two minutes from time.
Palace, who finished fifth this season behind fourth-placed Brighton, are seeking a return to the Premier League for the first time since they were relegated in 2005, while manager Ian Holloway last managed in the top flight with Blackpool in 2011.
Watford booked their place in the May 27th final at Wembley on Sunday when they beat Leicester City 3-1 for a 3-2 aggregate victory.