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The morning after the night before - Palace fan reaction

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Crystal Palace fans woke up with sore heads this morning but also safe in the knowledge that their club are in the Premier League. The Eagles beat Watford 1-0 at Wembley in the play-off final after a Kevin Phillips penalty in extra-time. More than 33,000 Palace fans watched Ian Holloway's side outclass Gianfranco Zola's side in a tense contest. Wilfried Zaha marked his final game for the club with a man-of-the-match performance in front of a crowd that included Jose Mourinho, Elton John and Eddie Izzard. Arriving in the capital en masse for what was dubbed "the £120million game", Palace fans dominated London's pubs in the build-up to the game, congregating at Baker Street beforehand. James Daly, editor of the Five Year Plan fanzine, said: "It was the perfect day really. I ended up in a Wetherspoons on Streatham High Street. "Watford just never got into their stride at all. It means so much for the club. That money could really change things." George Mills, 26, from Selsdon, made his way up to Wembley from Norwood Junction with two friends. George said: "What an amazing day. Just to see all those Palace fans in London was brilliant. I hope we can get a new stadium out of this." Neil Simpson, 73, from Beckenham, has been a supporter for more than 50 years and said the triumph matched anything he had experienced as an Eagle. Neil said: "There was only one team that looked like they wanted it and that was Palace. It must be up there with anything we've achieved because it's so important." And some fans were still trying to process the triumph. Nathan Nunn, 20, from Selsdon, said: "It was a little bit surreal really. I still don't believe that we've done it. "I think this shows that we just have to trust the owners – they've done alright so far." Andy Palmer, 42, who is staying with his mum in Purley but lives in Sydney, Australia, only managed to pay for his trip over after winning the lottery. Andy said: "I was looking at the plane tickets online and thinking there was no way I could afford to come over. "But then my work syndicate won the lottery and paid me out two and a half grand. I think someone was telling me I better go to Wembley!"

The morning after the night before - Palace fan reaction


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