Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Zaha Fires Palace into Playoff Final
Independent, May 14th, 2013 1:01PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  england, manchester united

MOST COMMENTED

Manchester United’s on-loan winger Wilfried Zaha scored twice as Crystal Palace beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 on the night and 2-0 on aggregate to put the London club through to the Championship Playoff Final at Wembley on May 27.. Zaha, a former Palace player, signed with United in January, but was promptly loaned back to the club for the rest of the season.

“I've played for Palace for 10 years so this is the perfect way to cap it,” Zaha, 20, said. “I just wanted to finish one of my last games for the club in a strong way and getting two goals is a dream." Zaha’s goals in the 66th and 88th minute were just his second and third strikes of 2013.

For the third time in four seasons, Ian Holloway will be coaching in the Playoff Final, the game many refer to as the most valuable in soccer, with the winner receiving an estimated $183 million just for making it to the Premier League. Holloway led Blackpool to the Premier League through the Playoff Final in 2010, but he and the Tangerines came up short last season. Now he is trying for a third time with Palace.

“We've come to the hardest place ever and have shown all sorts of strength of character,” Holloway said, referring to winning on a hated rival’s ground. “Did I doubt my lads? No, I didn't. Did I doubt myself? No. Other people did. [Zaha] will be a match winner at the top, top, top level but I thought he wanted to keep playing well for us, and he did today."

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Steven Gerrard: 'Every Person Slips'    
Steven Gerrard says the slip that arguably ended Liverpool's title hopes and England being knocked out ...
La Liga Champ Eying Chicharito    
Mexican striker Javier Hernandez, who started just six Premier League games for Manchester United last season ...
No Charges for Moyes Over Bar Incident    
Former Manchester United coach David Moyes is in the clear after he was investigated over an ...
West Ham Acquires Ecuador World Cup Striker    
West Ham has finalized a $20 million transfer of Ecuador striker Enner Valencia from Mexican club ...
Bayern Boss Not Allowed To Board Plane to USA    
Bayern Munich executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, along with six youth players and three crew members ...
Thai Refs Must Swear Oath to Buddha     
Thailand's soccer federation bosses have made more than 100 referees swear an oath of honesty at ...
Scolari Gets a Job    
Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned as Brazil coach after its disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign, has ...
World Cup Runner-up Coach Steps Down    
Alejandro Sabella, who guided Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil, has decided to quit ...
Ronaldinho on the Move    
Former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho has left Atletico Mineiro. The 34-year-old former Barcelona, AC ...
Beer Approved in the Big House    
Normally, alcohol sale and consumption is strictly forbidden inside the University of Michigan's stadium, but beer ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives