Albion are staying up - thanks to arch rivals Crystal Palace.

Wilfried Zaha, the player Seagulls supporters love to hate, put Palace on the path to a 3-2 victory at Cardiff tonight, which has relegated the Welshmen from the Premier League.

Boss Chris Hughton (below) and his Albion players at the team hotel in North London to prepare for tomorrow's penultinate match at Arsenal can now relax, safe in the knowledge they have secured a third season in the top flight of English football.

The Argus: Cardiff needed a win to keep alive their hopes going into the final day on May 12, when they visit Manchester United and Albion face Manchester City at the Amex.

Zaha drove Palace ahead in the first half.

Cardiff were quickly level when Martin Kelly (No.34) scuffed a cross into his own net.

The Argus: Michy Batshuayi, on loan from Chelsea restored Palace's advantage before half-time.

Then Andros Townsend increased Cardiff's deficit in the second half before Bobby Reid scored a late consolation.

Another season in the Premier League is worth millions to Albion and is vital to the club's continued development.

They have achieved their goal despite a poor second half of the season which plunged them into danger.

Paul Barber, Albion's chief executive, speaking exclusively to The Argus, said: "Our primary objective was to stay in the Premier League, so that's a very important milestone for the club again.

"Staying in the Premier League is not just about the status for the men's first team. It's about the income it generates that helps us to fund all the other things we are doing - women and girls football, Albion In The Community, continuing to improve and invest in the stadium, continuing to improve and invest in the training ground.

"All of those things are part of the longer term plan for the sustainability of the club. That's important.

"Staying in the Premier League is also important for growing the global profile of the club. That helps us to bring in new sponsors, improve revenues. That in turn helps us to compete in the transfer market and improve the squad.

"So from that point of view, staying in the Premier League is so important to us and always has been. That is why it is the primary objective."