Sunderland 2 - 1 Palace
Mon May 17 2004 - League
Crystal Palace made it to the Division One Play-off Final after beating Sunderland on penalties at the Stadium of Light.
Ground: Stadium of Light (Attendance: 34536)
Sunderland: Poom, McCartney, Breen, Babb, Bjorklund (Williams, 105), Oster, Jeff Whitley, McAteer, Thornton (Robinson, 69), Kyle, Stewart (Tommy Smith, 84)
Subs not used: Clark, Myhre
Bookings: Kyle, McAteer, Oster, Robinson
Goals: Kyle 42, Stewart 45
Palace: Vaesen, Granville (Powell, 72), Leigertwood, Popovic, Butterfield (Freedman, 61), Gray (sent off 86), Hughes, Riihilahti (Derry, 58), Routledge, Shipperley, Johnson
Subs not used: Berthelin, Black
Bookings: Derry, Gray, Hughes, Popovic, Shipperley
Goals: Powell 90
Referee: D Pugh (Wirral)
The Eagles were on the brink of being knocked out after they went down 2-0 just before half-time and saw Julian Gray
sent off late in the second half.
But deep into injury time, Eagles substitute Darren Powell
headed home a Shaun Derry
corner to make it 4-4 on aggregate and force extra-time.
No goals were scored in the extra-time period so a penalty shoot-out had to decide who qualified for the final in Cardiff and it was Palace who showed the better nerves.
Palace settled best in the opening minutes of the game and could have taken the lead with two good opportunities.
Keeper Mart Poom came out to block Gray's shot from five yards, then Aki Riihilahti
's header hit the post in the sixth minute as Gray fired the rebound over the bar.
and Danny Butterfield
went near to opening the scoring for the Eagles, who were hardly threatened by the Wearsiders.
But three minutes before the break, Sunderland produced a goal out of nothing as Kevin Kyle controlled Jason McAteer's cross on his chest before shooting past Nico Vaesen
Worse was to follow as they doubled their lead two minutes into first half stoppage time. Marcus Stewart powerfully headed in McAteer's cross from the right hand side.
The Eagles desperately tried to get a goal back to level the tie - Gray had two chances, while Neil Shipperley
Gray was then shown the red card in the 86th minute for a second bookable offence - a foul on McAteer. It looked all over for 10-man Palace until Powell popped up to equalise in injury time.
With the score goal-less in extra-time, it went to a penalty shoot-out. Palace blew two chances to win it as Sunderland goalkeeper Mart Poom saved spot-kicks from Derry and Wayne Routledge
The seventh Sunderland penalty was then missed by Jeff Whitley and Palace's Michael Hughes
made no mistake to send the Eagles to Cardiff.
0-0 Oster (hit post)
0-1 Johnson (scored)
1-1 Smith (scored)
1-2 Freedman (scored)
2-2 Babb (scored)
2-3 Shipperley (scored)
3-3 Robinson (scored)
3-4 Popovic (scored)
4-4 Breen (scored)
4-4 Derry (saved)
4-4 McAteer (saved)
4-4 Routledge (saved)
4-4 Whitley (saved)
4-5 Hughes (scored)
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