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Bristol City v C Palace as it happened

SEMI-FINAL SECOND LEG RESULT
Bristol City 2-1 Crystal Palace (agg 4-2) AFTER EXTRA TIME

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

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By Caroline Cheese

2230: So Bristol City will face Hull or Watford in the final at Wembley on 24 May as they look to return to the top flight after a 28-year absence. Hull take a 2-0 lead into the home leg of their semi-final against Watford tomorrow. See you then.

2229: "May I be the first Palace fan to congratulate Bristol and hope they win at Wembley. Palace have had a great half season so chin up lads, we'll win the thing next season!"
Alex, Bristol, via text on 81111

2223: Palace will look back on that missed penalty from Ben Watson which would have put his side ahead on aggregate but two moments of fabulous quality in extra time won it for City and watching these scenes at Ashton Gate, it's hard to argue they don't deserve it.

2223: "Unbelievable. The scenes out there are amazing. To get to the play-off final is massive and to score a goal like that at that time was amazing for me."
Bristol City goalscorer Lee Trundle

2220: You can't see the pitch now. It's a sea of red shirts as the Robins fans celebrate with the players. Incredible scenes.

2219: FULL-TIME Bristol City 2-1 Crystal Palace (agg 4-2)

2216: We are into added time in extra time and we'll have two minutes. Neil Warnock has already walked over to Gary Johnson and shaken hands. He's taken some abuse from the City fans behind the dugout today but he gets some appreciation for that.

2212: Security have got their work cut out trying to hold back the home fans who are already spilling onto the pitch ready to celebrate. Still five minutes to go fellas.

2210: City midfielder Nick Carle makes way for Liam Fontane as manager Gary Johnson looks to run down the clock. Palace have a little over six minutes to work a miracle.

2209: The home fans begin the celebrations with a rendition of Que sera sera... They'll have to clear their diaries on 24 May, they're off to Wemberlee.

2207: GOAL Bristol City 2-1 Crystal Palace (agg 4-2)
Bristol City win a free-kick 30 yards. It's touched to Michael McIndoe smacks a low effort into the corner. Even Neil Warnock was applauding that one.

2206: The much-maligned Lee Trundle gets a standing ovation as he leaves the pitch to be replaced by Lee Johnson, son of manager Gary.

2203: Ivan Sproule skips past a couple of defenders and squares the ball for Dele Adebola but Julian Speroni collects easily. Just to put spiegel2071 straight (see 2153), the Robins have of course been to the top flight before, 28 years ago.

2202: Neil Warnock passes on some much-needed encouragement to his players, who seem stunned by that turn of events. Victor Moses comes on for Shaun Derry for the second period of extra time.

2200: And that's half-time in extra time. City need to hold on for 15 minutes and they'll be off to Wembley. Lee Trundle gave Ivan Sproule a big kiss as he celebrated his goal.

2159: "I always said he was a great buy! Get in!"
Mark from Abingdon, via text on 81111

2157: GOAL Bristol City 1-1 Crystal Palace (agg 3-2)
Lee Trundle picks up a headed clearance and from 20 yards, curls a stunning left-foot shot beyond the diving Julian Speroni. Brilliant goal - only his sixth of the season - and he might just have repaid the whole of his 1m fee with that one moment of magic.

2155: This ain't pretty folks. No one wants to make the mistake that could cost their side a place at Wembley.

2153: "As a neutral on this one, I'd quite like to see Hull play City in an all-never-been-to-the-top-flight-before-clubs play-off final."
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2150: Palace boss Neil Warnock is desperately shouting instructions to his players. Not sure what that's all about.

2147: Another decent spell of pressure from City but they're still struggling to make keeper Julian Speroni work.

2146: Dele Adebola is almost through on goal but he can't escape the attentions of Mark Hudson, who did well to stay with the big striker.

2143: Extra time is under way. There'll be no repeat of David Noble's first-leg wonder goal. He has been replaced by Ivan Sproule.

2139: Blimey. Gretna - who could go out of business at the weekend - have beaten Hearts in their last game. An incredible result. Gavin Skelton got the goal in added time.

2138: FULL-TIME Bristol City 0-1 Crystal Palace (agg 2-2)
Extra time it is.

2134: Lee Trundle gets the ball onto his left foot and sends a delightful chip... onto the bar. So unlucky for the City striker.

2133: Sean Scannell skips to the edge of the box but his goalbound shot is deflected over.

2131: Dele Adebola flicks a long ball on for Lee Trundle, but he's just offside as he looks to steal a march on Jose Fonte. Less than five minutes of the 90 remaining.

2127: Tom Soares turns sharply and flicks a ball in for Clinton Morrison but he can't shake off the attention of the defender and the keeper claims.

2124: "I can see Watson scoring the winner in the shoot-out... which this game has written all over it."
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2120: Neil Warnock couldn't bear to watch Watson take that kick and had to rely on assistant Keith Curle to tell him his midfielder had found the woodwork.

2118: MISSED PENALTY (Crystal Palace)
Nick Carle swings at a clearance, misses and takes out Tom Soares instead. Penalty, says Howard Webb. Ben Watson steps up to take it but his effort comes off the bottom of the left-hand post. The City fans behind the goal are celebrating like they've scored.

2117: Penalty to Palace.

2112: The rampaging Dele Adebola runs straight through an attempted tackle and into the box but his shot is blocked for a corner. The set-piece is cleared to Nick Carle whose shot comes through a crowd of players and is caught by Julian Speroni.

2109: Sean Scannell zips through onto a long ball over the top and stabs it past keeper Adriano Basso but the whistle's long gone for offside and play is brought back.

2107: Brilliant run from 17-year-old Sean Scannell as he twists and turns away from the attentions of two defenders but he's eventually robbed by a well-timed tackle from Louis Carey in the box.

2104: Defensive midfielder Shaun Derry drives forward to the edge of the box but shoots straight at Adriano Basso in a rare Palace attack.

2059: Bristol City piling on the pressure again. They're going to have to make one of these spells count...

2053: Palace keeper Juliano Sperroni claws away Marvin Elliott's header as City go close.

2051: Neil Warnock makes a half-time change with Jose Fonte replacing Matt Lawrence in defence. Lawrence came in for Fonte after recovering from injury but no word on whether the change is tactical or enforced.

2050: Off we go again then. No, Dan in Bristol, the away goals rule does not apply. If I've said it once...

2047: "Cheese! The score! The score woman!" texts Mr Watson on 81111. Yes, alright, I've changed it now. Technical problems you know...

2042: Ahem... slight "technical" problem there means you might have seen Bristol City leading at half-time. "This woman is useless," says mattbrum on 606.

2038: Bad news ladies golf fans. Legend of the game Annika Sorenstam has announced her retirement. Here's a thing though: she's engaged to Mark McGhee. Wonder where she met the Motherwell boss?
Sorenstam to retire after season

2036: That went by in a flash - but we're no closer to discovering who's off to Wembley on 24 May. As it stands, we're heading for extra time and possibly pens.

2034: HALF-TIME Bristol City 0-1 Crystal Palace (agg 2-2)

2031: "I'm sitting in my office in Buenos Aires over 6840 miles away at 4.20 in the afternoon watching Bristol City smash their way into the Premier League."
Anon via text on 81111
I think you're winding me up now.

2027: Flashpoint time. Palace defender Clint Hill loses control of the ball and dives in recklessly on Louis Carey as he attempts to win it back. That prompts all sorts of arm-waving from both benches and City assistant boss Keith Millen ends up being sent to the stands. Hill gets a yellow card, as does striker Clinton Morrison who gets involved in the afters.

2026: Lee Trundle beats his man on the left and finds a burst of pace before swinging over a teasing cross which is just out of Dele Adebola's reach.

2024: Jamie McCombe gets his head to a long free-kick from the halfway line and is unlucky to see the ball drop onto the top of the net.

2021: "I go to school with a bloke called Sean Scannell. It's quite strange reading about his secret life as a professional footballer, I always thought he was more of a rugby fan."
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2020: The hosts seem to have recovered from the shock of conceding and are piling on the pressure again. As he did in the first leg, Dele Adebola is causing all sorts of bother for the Palace defence.

2017: "I'm sitting here watching this game, not supporting either side, in my bedroom in Stevenage. Exotic enough?"
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2012: Jamie McCombe seems to indicate that he couldn't hear his keeper's shout as Danny Butterfield's floated cross came in. That was a goal against the run of play but it's certainly spiced this game up.

2009: GOAL Bristol City 0-1 Crystal Palace (agg 2-2)
Danny Butterfield crosses from the right and Jamie McCombe jumps ahead of keeper Adriano Basso but clears only to Ben Watson who does brilliantly to direct a looping header into the empty net. We're all square.

2007: Who knew Bristol City fans were such a jet-setting lot? So far we've heard from Tunisia, Canada and Japan. Where next?

2007: "It's 4am here in Japan and I've been in a scummy internet cafe for the last 2 hours. Come on City! Whatever it takes!"
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2004: Robins midfielder Nick Carle sees his shot deflected narrowly over the bar by Matt Lawrence. Just had another look at the Scott Sinclair penalty shout - it wasn't as hopeful as I thought actually. But Howard Webb was right there and immediately said no.

2003: Palace are looking to play the ball over the top for the fleet-footed Sean Scannell but the City defence are dealing with it pretty well.

1959: A very hopeful shout for a penalty there as Palace's on-loan Chelsea winger Scott Sinclair squeezes in between two defenders and goes down. Howard Webb waves away the claims - which were a bit half-hearted anyway.

1957: City have a promising free-kick our left but Ben Watson heads David Noble's effort away. Palace are yet to get into this game.

1956: "We're so nervy at the moment this is horrible viewing."
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1952: Palace defender Matt Lawrence heads Bradley Orr's cross straight at Lee Trundle but the midfielder in turn heads straight at the keeper. Might have done better there.

1948: City threaten first. A cross from the right is met by a weak punch from Palace keeper Julian Speroni and Marvin Elliott heads it towards goal - but Mark Hudson heads off the line.

1945: Neil Warnock and Gary Johnson shake hands before ref Howard Webb gets the game under way.

1942: The sun is out in Ottawa - and Ashton Gate. It's a lovely summer's evening in Bristol. The home fans are merrily singing along to the Great Escape and they give the players a riotous reception as they charge onto the pitch.

1938: "Come on City. It's a lovely sunny afternoon here in Ottawa. I'll be watching the match with a beer or two. I hope to hear Warnock rant and rave after Palace lose."
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1936: "We're not going out for a draw because that's dangerous. We'll go with the momentum," says Robins boss Gary Johnson.

1935: "I think Victor Moses might be better coming off the bench so I've decided to give young Sean (Scannell) his legs," says Warnock on his way out onto the pitch. Is that a south Yorkshire phrase?

1934: No, the away goals rule does not count in the semi-final play-offs. Let's hear no more about it.

1930: The inimitable Neil Warnock has been on cracking form since his side lost Saturday's first leg 2-1 at Selhurst Park. "We are under no pressure now, no-one will give us two hoots - and we are pretty good when we are underdogs," he says. "It's a different ball game altogether for Bristol's players. They know a draw will do."

1928: "Glued to laptop in Tunisia unfortunately without cider. 28 years has been far too long, come on you Reds!"
Red Kev at work in Tunisia, via text on 81111

1921: "Think tonight's game could be a cracker. City seem to think they're almost there and Palace have adopted the role of desperate underdogs. My heart says Palace will come out all guns blazing and blow City away. My head says we will be caught out continually chasing the game."
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1915: TEAM NEWS
Bristol City are unchanged from the first leg. Crystal Palace make two changes. Defender Matt Lawrence is fit again so comes in for Jose Fonte. Victor Moses, who had a poor first leg, drops to the bench as Sean Scannell starts.
Full teams and minute-by-minute commentary

1910: Greetings. Bristol City, at home, with a 2-1 lead. Easy no?


see also
Crystal Palace 1-2 Bristol City
10 May 08 |  Championship
C Palace-Bristol C as it happened
10 May 08 |  Championship
Watford 0-2 Hull
11 May 08 |  Championship


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