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Live Reporting

By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks and good evening

    Crystal Palace fans

    So, Palace progress to set up a repeat of the 1990 FA Cup final.

    If the 2016 showdown is anywhere near as good as the 3-3 Palace and Man United served up back then we are in for a treat.

    I'll see thee.

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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

    Crystal Palace's match winner Connor Wickham speaking to BBC Sport: "I think I owed it to the boys. The first goal we concede was my fault. For my goal i knew I was going to win the header and thankfully it went in. We controlled the game from start to finish."

  3. Manager reaction

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: "We have let our fans down in home games this year but we had our strongest team out there.

    "With an early goal, sometimes you can sit on it. But we continued our threat throughout the game. Waford had 5-10 minutes when they bossed the game and scored, but we bossed it for 80 minutes and that is a testament to our players mentality.

    "We decided to play Yannick [Bolasie] as a 10 but not in the hole. He got down the sides well. Connor [Wickham] was the big bonus for us. When we lost him to injury [earlier in the season] it was a blow. And it was good to see him have the game. This was his game. He is by no means the finished article but I think by 27 he might be.

    "We will have a different gameplan against Manchester United, but that is not to say we can't control the game. We deserve to be here.

    "Louis van Gaal's Manchester United career might rest on this game. He has had some awful press and I will be glad to see him at Wembley."

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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

    Crystal Palace's opening goal scorer Yannick Bolasie speaking to BBC Sport: "The goal was a great moment for myself. I didn't get to play at Wembley in the play-offs, so I'm delighted for myself and the team. The fans have been great and so has the manager."

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    Christophe Talbotski: United v Palace in the FA Cup final. Shaded in 1990 and all that. Seem to remember England doing quite well after it too.

  6. Manager reaction

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

    Watford boss Quique Flores: "I am pleased with the performance. It was difficult to play Palace who defend with an English style and have pace and power. It was hard to coincede the first goal. It took some time to recover. We came back and in the second half we match Palace.

    "In this moment, I feel we had the chance to win the match. The most important thing is that we are competitive in the semi-final.

    "We have a lot of reasons to be happy this season. The main target was to stay in the Premier League. In the future when we look at the history of Watford we will see how important this season was for the club."

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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker at Wembley for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "[Laughs] I think Zaha was lying (see 18:14) With what happened at Manchester United he will want to smash them out of sight."

  8. 'See you at Wembley...'

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

    Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha speaking to BBC Sport: "I'm buzzing. We said before that we can't get this far and not make it, that was the plan to get there and we're happy."

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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

    Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, speaking to BBC Sport: "It was hard. We had some of our main players out. I just wanted to give my all. Manchester United, personally it's just another game for me. I know it's an FA Cup final but what I mean is Manchester United are just another team now for me. I just want to win it for Palace." 

    Wilfried Zaha
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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

  12. Premier League result

    Meanwhile, at the King Power Stadium, Leicester have beaten Swansea 4-0 to go eight points clear at the top of the table. Bonkers season.

    Head here to get all the reaction to that game.

    Claudio Ranieri
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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

    One Palace fan holds aloft a banner that reads 'Where Eagles Dare'. Quite. They were by far the more adventurous team today and they got their reward. Great film that as well. Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood taking on Nazi fortress up in the Alps.

    Jason Puncheon and James McArthur
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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

    Emmanuel Adebayor, speaking to BBC Sport: "For me it's beautiful. I came back here six months and have a chance to play in the final for this beautiful club. I am so glad we have made it.

    "The manager convinced me to come and play for the Eagles, I am very happy to be part of this team. Against Manchester United it's going to be a beautiful one. It was a big occasion for Connor as a young striker, we spoke before the game. I am very happy he got his goal today."

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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

    Where has Alan Pardew gone? As soon as that final whistle blew he ran down the tunnel. Maybe he left the oven on?

    Crystal Palace fan
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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker at Wembley for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Watford did show a bit more promise in the second half but Crystal Palace have deserved this. They've been the dominant team throughout the game and go through to the final against Manchester United."  

    Miguel Britos
  17. FULL-TIME

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

    That is it! All over! Palace are through to the FA Cup final for the second time. In a repeat of their first final, in 1990, they will face Manchester United. They fully deserve it as well.

    Wilfried Zaha
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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

    Time is up...

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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker at Wembley for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Watford just have to get it forward as quickly as they can now. It really is desperation stuff."

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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

    The ball is down the Watford end. Right where Palace want it.

    Alan Pardew