Paul Hart emotional after Palace draw relegates Owls
Sheff Wed 2-2 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace boss Paul Hart said he was emotionally drained after leading his side to Championship safety with a tense draw against Sheffield Wednesday.
Hart was recruited by Palace in early March with a brief to avert relegation after the club had been deducted 10 points for going into administration.
A 2-2 final-day draw achieved that aim but led to Wednesday being relegated.
"I often listen to people say they were left emotionally drained and I know what they mean now," said Hart.
The afternoon provided an appropriately nail-biting conclusion to what has been a turbulent season for Hart, who was relieved of his duties at Portsmouth before leaving subsequent employers QPR after only five games.
Ambrose and Hart savour Palace survival
Palace went ahead twice, first when Alan Lee gave them an early lead and then when Darren Ambrose pounced after Alan Irvine's Wednesday side had equalised through Leon Clarke.
But four minutes from time, Darren Purse scored another leveller for the hosts to set up a tense finale, adding further to an already angst-ridden afternoon for Hart, who as a player spent two years at Wednesday in the 1980s.
"It's been a very emotional day," conceded Hart. "Great relief on our part but there's sadness on their part because Alan Irvine's a friend, I played here as well and I've been relegated. It's not very nice.
"We're hoping the new ownership gets completed and now Palace can build from a sounder base of Championship football, which I think is important.
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