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Williams Shocked By 'Crazy' Season

28 May 2013

Jonny Williams celebrated a “crazy” day after Crystal Palace sealed promotion to the Premier League with victory over Watford in the Championship Play-Off Final. 

Kevin Phillips’ extra time spot kick at Wembley was enough to seal the Eagles’ return to the top tier of English football, following an eight year absence. 

And the Welsh midfielder admits he is shocked the way the season has panned out, for both himself and the club. 

He told Palace Player: “If someone had said to me five months ago I was going to make my Wales debut and get promoted with these guys, I’d be shocked. But now, I’ve achieved it. It’s crazy. 

“It was a great achievement and a great experience to play at Wembley. But once that whistle goes, you kind of think it’s the same sized pitch, two goals, so it’s just a game. But in that kind of game it was great to get the win and we looked like scoring to be fair and the tactics were great. 

“To be involved in this team, getting promoted to the Premier League, they are all heroes. It’s great.”

The 19-year-old was substituted for goal hero Phillips after 65 minutes and revealed he had picked up a slight knock on his foot.

But he celebrated from the bench alongside Peter Ramage, as his replacement smashed home a 105th minute spot kick to clinch victory.   

Williams added: “Rambo nearly burst my eardrum to be fair when it went in! It was crazy. I had ice on my foot at the time and that went flying! It was just unbelievable.”   

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