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Jordan convinced Palace would be thriving if Wigan midfielder Watson had scored

Simon Jordan believes Crystal Palace would be a Premier League club if not for Ben Watson.

He reckons it would all have been different had Watson not missed a penalty in the club's Championship play-off semi-final, second leg against Bristol City in 2008.

Watson, now at Wigan, had the chance to put the Eagles 3-2 ahead on aggregate and en route to the Prem. But he hit a post and Palace went down in extra-time 4-2 on aggregate.

Jordan declared to The Sun: "That defeat was a pivotal moment. Had Ben Watson scored, things would have been totally different."

Jordan does not know if he will return to football.

He said: "People ask what I have been doing for the last nine months. I'd like to say counting my money. But these days it doesn't take that long!"

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