Football: Phillips fires Crystal Palace into Premier League
Published on May 28, 2013 6:19 AM
LONDON (AFP) - Veteran striker Kevin Phillips came off the bench to score a superb extra-time penalty as Crystal Palace returned to the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Watford in the Championship play-off final on Monday.
Phillips, 39, struck mid-way through extra time on a sun-splashed day at Wembley Stadium, after Manchester United-bound winger Wilfried Zaha had drawn a tired foul from Watford right-back Marco Cassetti.
The Championship play-off final is said to be the richest game in world football and promotion to the English elite will reportedly swell Palace's revenue by up to £120 million (S$228.6 million).
"We're in the Premier League now, so God help us," said Palace manager Ian Holloway, who was appearing in his third play-off final in four years.
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