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Palace defender: Heat played a part in Wembley first half

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CRYSTAL Palace defender Dean Moxey says Palace deserved to win their play-off final win against Watford yesterday and admitted the heat played a part in the first half of the contest. But he was delighted to hit back at a few critics and reach the top flight of English football. "It's a dream come true, the Premier League is where I want to be – we're there on merit," said Moxey. "We had a shaky end to the season, we beat Brighton and then beat a good Watford team. "It was so hot out there, unbelievable. Both teams probably couldn't get going to start with but in the second half we got into the game a bit more and relaxed. "We passed it better and Wilfried Zaha was tearing them up down the wings. "I think we deserved it on the balance of things." And Moxey revealed he had all of his family at Wembley to witness the greatest achievement in his career. "I was trying to spot them early on out there," he said. "My brother was over the far side with nieces, my mate was upstairs with my God children, and my wife, two kids and parents were also here – it was an amazing day. "I was looking over and I was pretty sure I could see my wife crying."For the full interview with Moxey, don't miss Friday's Croydon Advertiser for another fantastic pull-out edition.

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