Crystal Palace secure Brighton play-off tie with overdue win against Peterborough

PUBLISHED: 09:49 07 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:49 07 May 2013

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha thanks fans after the win at home to Peterborough.

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha thanks fans after the win at home to Peterborough.

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Crystal Palace ended their league season with a long overdue win to set-up a play-off clash with bitter rivals Brighton on Saturday.

The Eagles fell behind to Peterborough United in the first-half, before finding some form to win the tie 3-2 and relegate the away side into League One.

A Glen Murray penalty on the stroke of half-time levelled the game at Selhurst Park after Lee Tomlin had scored the opener for Peterborough after 28 minutes.

The away side then took the lead again after the hour mark through Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, before substitute Kevin Phillips came off the bench to grab a late equaliser with less than 10 minutes remaining.

A point would have been enough to secure Palace’s fifth place finish in the Championship, but fans were sent home happy with Mile Jedinak bagging the winner in the 89th minute.

Brighton, Watford and Leicester all join Palace in the play-offs. The first leg against Brighton will be played at Selhurst Park on Friday evening, with the second leg at the Amex Stadium on Monday.

A spot in the Premier League will then be up for grabs in the final at Wembley on May 27.

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