Palace had to win today to ensure their place in the play-offs rather than draw or lose and hope that other results might go their way. So they set out their stall early and finished with a huge statement of intent as to their ambitions for the play-off finals. Not content with 6th position, Palace played their way to 5th. Right now the remaining teams in the play-offs are probably not too keen to face Palace who have surged from 2nd bottom to 5th in the league in the second half of the season in a remarkable turnaround under Neil Warnock. In fact, Palace finished just 8 points from automatic promotion so who knows what might have happened had Warnock been appointed a little bit sooner?
Palace started brightly and won a penalty on 8 minutes which was tidily slotted home by Watson. Two minutes later the academy star Victor Moses added a second, by which time Burnley were down to 10 men and the result was looking comfortable for Palace. The rest is pretty much history as the Eagles went on to score a further three goals to secure the most important result of the season and their biggest victory of the campaign. Clinton Morrison netted the 5th goal and added his name to the Palace record book yet again! In what is set to go down as another historic Sunday at Selhurst Morrison grabbed his 113th goal for the club to go level with Mark Bright in the all time top goalscorers for the club.
Bristol City beckon in the play-off semi-finals the first leg of which will be played next Saturday.
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Next fixture: Sat 10th May Play-off semi-final home to Bristol City.