Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish warns club must stay grounded ahead of Championship play-off final
PUBLISHED: 10:19 20 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:19 20 May 2013
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Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish says the club must keep their feet on the ground ahead of the Championship play-off final against Watford at Wembley on next Monday.
The Eagles overcame Brighton 2-0 away at the Amex Stadium to clinch the final spot, but Mr Parish insists his club are not quite over the line yet.
Speaking to radio station BBC London, he said: “We are just at Wembley and just one game away from a massive prize. I want to get there. I don’t want to nearly get there.
“Watford will be favourites and that suits us. It promises to be a great game and let’s hope we come out winners in the end.”
The winners will be promoted into the Premier League and pocket an estimated windfall of £120million following the league signing a £3.018billion television rights deal last summer.
Palace will be without Championship top scorer Glenn Murray for the final, but will be hoping on-loan winger Wilfried Zaha puts in a dazzling performance in his last game.
Mr Parish paid tribute to Zaha’s performance at Brighton in the semi-final, and the relationship between the player and the fans.
He said: “You can see the bond the kid has got with the fans. They love him and he loves them.
“you can see the effort he puts in because he loves this football club. He has been here since he was nine-years-old and it makes me immendsely proud.”
The match between Crystal Palace and Watford kicks off at 3pm, with coverage live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky 3D.
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