EXCLUSIVE: Steve Parish reacts as Crystal Palace reach FA Cup Final

25 Apr

Steve Parish told talkSPORT that he is delighted Crystal Palace secured their place in the FA Cup final, having defeated Watford in the semi-final on Saturday.


The Eagles chairman watched on as Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham scored either side of a Troy Deeney strike, sending Palace to their first final since 1990.

That was a sad day for the South London club, who were beaten by Manchester United, and in an interesting twist of fate, it is the Red Devils that Alan Pardew’s men will come up against this year.

Parish admitted that he is delighted by reaching the final, telling Call Collymore that Palace want to go one better this time around.

“It’s fantastic for the fans, and it’s another chance to take on the old enemy,” Parish said.

“We’re obviously excited and pleased, but we want to go one better than 1990, and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to do it.”

United secured their place in the final by beating Everton on Saturday, and Louis van Gaal’s men are starting to put in some strong performances – something Parish has noticed.

He continued: “They’re coming into some form, and they’ve got a bit of pace which they didn’t have earlier in the season.

“It’s a one off game, a big occasion, fantastic sets of fans on both sides, and we’ve got players who can hurt people, so it will anyone’s game on the day.

“It’s fantastic to be there, but we are not there to make up the numbers. We are there to beat them.”

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