Kevin Phillips delighted to help Crystal Palace win play-off final
Kevin Phillips was delighted to end his play-off misery by helping Crystal Palace secure Premier League football.
Last Updated: 27/05/13 7:00pm
The 39-year-old veteran came off the bench to net the extra-time penalty as the Eagles held on to beat Watford 1-0 and survive the agony of a Championship play-off final.
It might prove to be his final game in an incredible career and Phillips told Sky Sports: "It's fourth time lucky. It's my fourth play-off final and I'm just delighted to get that feeling.
"To come on and get the winning goal against the club where it all started 20 years ago is a fairytale ending. I thought we certainly deserved to win the game. We created good chances and their keeper's pulled off some great saves.
"Going into extra-time it becomes a lottery, cramp sets in and players are tired but we were magnificent and you saw how well they defended at the end. From my experience you've certainly got to enjoy the day and we'll enjoy it tonight."
Phillips joined the Eagles on loan from Blackpool on January's deadline day and his penalty on Monday was his seventh strike for the club.
The former Sunderland and Birmingham striker showed all his experience to hammer in the crucial spot-kick at the end of the first extra period after Wilfried Zaha had been fouled by Marco Cassetti.
"I felt confident and I wanted to take it," he added. "I had in my mind where I wanted to put it and I thought I'd smash it so I was delighted to see it fly into the top corner.
"I've scored at the old Wembley and now I've scored at the new Wembley and if that is my last game then what a way to sign off. I'm going to have a break now, I deserve it and every bit of my body's aching at the end of a long season. I'll go away and have a think.
"I certainly want to stay in the game whether that's playing or coaching."