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Crystal Palace players celebrate promotion to the Premier League

Crystal Palace keen to take play-off hero Kevin Phillips into top flight after penalty secures £120m

Ian Holloway wants veteran striker to help team's tilt at Premier League after his winning goal

Crystal Palace support their side at the Championship play-off final

Championship play-off final: Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney ready for biggest game of his life

“I didn’t think I would be in this situation,” said Damien Delaney, days before the biggest game of his life, with some understatement.

One of the country's leading headteachers is to accuse Education Secretary Michael Gove of “chickening out” of bringing back a return to grammar schools

Leading headteacher: Michael Gove 'chickening out' on return of grammar schools

One of the country's leading headteachers is to accuse Education Secretary Michael Gove of “chickening out” of bringing back a return to grammar schools.

Carlton Cole in action for West Ham against Reading earlier in the season

Carlton Cole to leave West Ham in the summer after club confirm contract will not be renewed

West Ham striker available on a free transfer but thanks the fans for their support over his seven year spell at the club

Gary Johnson: The manager took Yeovil into the league now aims to lift them higher

League One Play-off Final: Yeovil and Brentford chase £3.1m cash injection

The Championship play-off is billed as the richest match in football but wealth is relative. For Brentford and Yeovil Town, the League One play-off has the potential to be just as transformative.

Zaha scored two against Brighton on Monday night

Crystal Palace chairman, Steve Parish: I knew Wilfried Zaha would not shirk

Wilfried Zaha could almost have been excused for taking it easy during the second half of this season, knowing that he will be a Manchester United player when it ends. But Steve Parish, the Crystal Palace co-chairman, who sold Zaha to United in January for £15m and then borrowed him back, knew that it would not happen. And Palace reaped the rewards on Monday evening when the 20-year-old winger scored the two goals against Brighton to set up a play-off final against Watford at Wembley on May 27. "We said to anybody who was interested: 'We just won't sell him unless you lend him back,' Parish said. "I knew he would come back and be himself. I know what Wilfried's like. Wilfried can sit in there and tell himself he's not interested, but once he gets on a football pitch it is just what he does. He clicks into gear and everything is natural. The more people kick him and the more they get at him the better he gets. What is he? Just 20? He's had the odd game which wasn't so great but I've never seen his effort waver for one minute."

Gus Poyet has become frustrated by Brighton’s financial limitations

Gus Poyet unsure of Brighton future following play-off defeat to Crystal Palace

Two goals from Wilfried Zaha gave Crystal Palace a 2-0 victory

Championship play-offs: Tomasz Kuszczak poised to save best for last as Brighton take on Crystal Palace

In nearly five years at Old Trafford, Tomasz Kuszczak never played in a Manchester derby. Yet, after his performance in the 0-0 play-off semi-final first leg ensured Brighton go into tonight’s second leg at home to Crystal Palace as slight favourites to book a match with Watford on 27 May, the keeper is relishing another of English football’s fierce rivalries.

Nottingham Forest 2 Leicester City 3 match report: Last-gasp goal gets Foxes out of a hole

The East Midlands' contribution to the last-day Championship drama saw Leicester City sneak into the play-offs with an injury-time winner that torpedoed the promotion hopes of their opponents and local rivals Nottingham Forest.

Steve Bruce can’t believe his eyes

Championship - final day: George Boyd denies tension has engulfed Hull City

Automatic promotion remains in the Tigers' hands

Steven Fletcher scored twice more for Sunderland on Saturday

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher undergoes surgery

£12m signing will not play again this season

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Gustavo Poyet, the Brighton & Hove Albion manager, has warned that the imposition of Financial Fair Play rules in the Championship from next season will create a two-tier competition – and that it is even more vital for his team to take advantage of their chance to reach the Premier League this season.

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