Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 5/28/13
Captain Manuel Almunia says Watford's lack of experience counted against them in the Championship play-off final. Kevin Phillips' extra-time penalty earned Crystal Palace a 1-0 victory at Wembley and a place in the Premier League next season. The Hornets never got their passing game going and their defence kept them in the game. "It's a final, there's always a winner and a loser," said former Arsenal goalkeeper Almunia, who himself made a string of superb second-half saves. "We didn't play our football, we didn't display our quality and Crystal Palace did. They showed how strong they are. It's a massive frustration. "We have a young side and they have to get used to these kind of games, mentally you have to be prepared to be in front of 80,000 people. It's not easy because it's the first time for many players and Palace have very experienced players. "But for some reason we didn't play our football and there are no more chances this season to go up. "We will have a lot of pai...
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