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On this day: Bristol City 2-1 Crystal Palace (play-off s/f 2nd leg)

Crystal Palace may have forced extra-time in this play-off affair, but City held their nerve to secure a momentous 4-2 aggregate win.

David Noble's stunning injury time goal just days earlier had given City a slim advantage heading into the second leg back at Ashton Gate, where Palace took the lead.

Marvin Elliot did have an effort headed off the line early on but Ben Watson would put Palace 1-0 up (2-2 agg) with a header following a defensive mix up on 24 minutes. Adrianao Basso came to deal a cross as Jamie McCombe attempted to head the ball away, and so Watson pounced with a looping header to capitalise on the defensive mix up.

McCombe nearly made amends with a header which just sailed over the crossbar but things nearly turned bad when Palace were awarded a penalty. Nick Carle was judged to have fouled Tom Soares, which presented Watson the chance to score from the spot, as he did in the first leg.

But his spot-kick struck the post as City survived with the momentum swinging in Palace's favour.

A Lee Trundle chip almost settled things late on though extra-time would be required to settle it.

It was cagey to begin with, somewhat understandably, but City gained the edge and Trundle's well hit curling effort flew in to restore City's advantage at 1-1 (3-2 agg), and Michael McIndoe's free kick with ten minutes to play rounded off any Eagles hopes at 2-1 (4-2 agg).

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Jubilant scenes at full-time confirmed City's place in the play-off final at Wembley but it would be heartbreak for Gary Johnson's men as Hull City would secure a 1-0 victory to win promotion to the Premier League on that occasion.

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