Crystal Palace are through to the FA Cup final after beating Watford 2-1 at Wembley in SundayÂ’s semi-final.
After both managers chose to rest players in the week, Alan Pardew and Quique Sanchez Flores returned to their strongest teams possible.
Palace started the better of the two sides and took an early lead when, after a corner had been flicked on at the near post by Damian Delaney, Yannick Bolasie leapt high at the back stick to head home.
The Eagles continued to push, wreaking havoc whenever the ball was in WatfordÂ’s box and the Hornets were further hampered when key midfielder Etienne Capoue was stretchered off after a collision with Bolasie.
Having maintained their lead heading into the break, PardewÂ’s men continued to be the stronger side but could not extend their advantage.
They were punished on 55 minutes when Troy Deeney levelled the scores after he got the better of Scott Dann from a corner kick and nodded home past Wayne Hennessey.
That opened the game right up with the teams exchanging blows on a more even basis but Palace soon reclaimed the lead on 61 minutes when Connor Wickham rose above Nathan Ake at the back post before heading home.
The tie continued at a frantic pace with Wilfred Zaha hitting the side netting, although at the other end Watford struggled to create any clear chances and all in all, it was a fairly comfortable afternoon for Hennessey in the Palace goal.
It means the Eagles will now return to Wembley on May 21 for a repeat of the 1990 final against Manchester United while for Watford it was a case of what might have been following a disappointing performance at Wembley.