Ferdinand, Lineker & more: Twitter reacts as Crystal Palace beat Watford

Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker both tweet their thoughts after Crystal Palace beat Watford in extra-time at Wembley

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Kevin Phillips scored an extra-winner from the penalty spot to secure a 1-0 victory over Watford and fire Crystal Palace into the Premier League.

The 39-year-old dispatched his spot-kick in the 105th minute of extra time after Wilfried Zaha had been fouled by Watford defender Marco Cassetti.

Here is a selection of our favourite tweets from the professionals, past and present and in chronological order, after Palace secure their top-flight return.

Blackpool striker Nathan Eccleston (‏@NathanEccleston) is supporting Palace: “Play-off final – I want Palace to win.. He who is not courageous enough to take risk will never accomplish nothing, he who dares wins #LetsGo”

Former Swindon Town star Jan Aage Fjortoft (‏@JanAageFjortoft) acknowledges the importance of the final: “Play-off final at Wembley now! Abba performed the song “The winner takes it all’ just before KickOff. £120m for the winner.”

England legend Gary Lineker ‏(@GaryLineker) isn’t surprised to see how edgy the game is: “Great endeavour but a lack of creativity, and quality so far. Perhaps to be expected given the significance of the game #playofffinal #edgy”

Former Tottenham chairman Lord Sugar (‏@Lord_Sugar) is more blunt: “Boring play-off game. Normally best game of the whole season to see two teams fight for a PL place.”

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (‏@rioferdy5) reckons the tension is getting to the players: “This game is reflecting how big the stakes are….. #PlayOffs”

Wigan goalkeeper Mike Pollitt ‏(@MikePollitt12) is glad to see the final come to life – a little: “Finally seeing a bit of action in this game #PlayOffs #highstakes”

Former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris (@morriskid) feels Palace deserve to win the match: “If Palace don’t win this!!!”

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster ‏(@BenFoster) is cheering on his former club: “Well done Manuel! Come on Watford!! #nervous”

Reading striker Noel Hunt ‏(@boyhunt) is impressed by Phillips’ emphatic winner: “What a peno Kev Phillips!!”

Former Aston Villa star Ian Taylor (@IanTaylor7) congratulates the winners: “#luvit @wilfriedzaha Cramp in the celebrations! Congrats #palace. Commiserations to #Watford. #ChampionshipPlayOff”

Former Watford defender Dan Shittu (@danshittu) feels for his old club: “Congrats to Ian Holloway, Gabs, Rambo & their team. Unlucky to Watford FC & all the lads there.”

Blackpool midfielder Gary Taylor-Fletcher (@GTF_12) hails his former boss: “Massive congrats to C. Palace, especially Ian Holloway. Truly a great manager, also Kev P. Only person you would want taking the pen. #PlayOffs”

Finally, Ferdinand (‏@rioferdy5) is impressed by Phillips’ post-match interview: “Congrats to Palace…..Kevin Phillips….classy! I think it’ll be a quiet night in South London after that!?”

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