Crystal Palace avoided relegation on Sunday after a dramatic showdown with Sheffield Wednesday. The game ended in a 2-2 draw giving Palace the point they needed to stay in the Championship – a welcome relief to their fans after a tense season on and off the pitch.
Darren Ambrose scored what proved to be the crucial goal in securing Championship status for Palace as they condemned the Owls to a lonely flight down to League One.
In a tense game Palace took an early lead with an Alan Lee goal in the 24th minute only for Sheffield Wednesday to claw a goal back with Leon Clarke’s strike from a corner a minute before half time.
In the 63rd minute Sean Scamell picked out an unmarked Ambrose who scored with a direct shot on goal. Last minute drama came with a late goal from Wednesday’s Darren Purse but the Eagles’ defence held to the final whistle and the game ended in a draw.
The result was spoilt when both sets of fans invaded the pitch and during which Palace defender Clint Hill was injured. However, Eagles fans continued their celebrations – the triumph a silver lining to the cloud of uncertainty hanging over their club.