Wednesday and Palace face relegation showdown

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Sheffield Wednesday manager Alan Irvine wore the broadest grin at Selhurst Park on Monday night after his side were given a reprieve from relegation.

Crystal Palace kicked off against a West Brom side who were already promoted knowing a victory would be enough to keep them up and condemn Wednesday to League One. Instead, the Eagles were held to a 1-1 draw and must travel to Hillsborough on Sunday needing a point from what promises to be a nerve-jangling final-day decider.

The Owls must win to survive but Palace manager Paul Hart has no intention of playing for a draw. "I don't think you can do that," he said. "You have to go and play to win."

He added: "We are in a better position than Sheffield Wednesday and so we have to make it count."

Palace's hopes of completing the great escape a week early were raised when Albion's Steven Reid put through his own net, but Gabriel Tamas spoiled the party by heading the equaliser four minutes later.

Irvine will owe Marek Cech a drink if the Owls manage to beat the drop after the Baggies left-back hooked a goalbound Darren Ambrose effort off the line with the last kick of the game.

"I couldn't believe it," said Ambrose.

"It was the left-back who cleared it, and if he had been in the position he should have been in we'd be staying up now."

Palace midfielder Neil Danns will miss the last-day drama after he was shown a late red card for aiming a headbutt at Graham Dorrans.

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