Hull relegated in Crystal Palace drubbing
Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Ward; Kelly; Tomkins; Schlupp; Milivojevic; Puncheon; Cabaye; Benteke; Townsend; Zaha.
Hull City XI: Jakupovic; Ranocchia; Dawson; Robertson; Maguire; Clucas; N’Diaye; Grosicki; Elmohamady; Evandro; Niasse.
Going into the game, Hull knew that a win would set up a dramatic final day, as it would leave Swansea, Crystal Palace, and themselves within a point of each other. However, Crystal Palace could feel relatively confident as their manager, Sam Allardyce, has never been relegated from the top flight despite plying his trade at a number of relegation threatened clubs.
Hull got off to the worst possible start, as former Inter captain Andrea Ranocchia failed to get a connection on a clearance minutes into the game, which left Wilfried Zaha through on goal with the simplest of tasks to open the scoring.
Palace continued on the front foot, and midway through the first half they were rewarded for it as Christian Benteke did what he does best as he headed home from a Jason Puncheon corner.
Hull had to win to have any realistic hope of staying up due to their inferior goal difference to Swansea; however, they remained toothless for large spells and aside for some chances for Bowen and Grosicki, they failed to create anything meaningful.
In the final ten minutes, Hull’s belief completely deteriorated and it showed as Dawson brought down Jeff Schlupp in the box after a dangerous counter attack, and Luka Milivojevic dispatched from the spot to make it 3-0.
With the fourth official poised to show the added on time, Curtis Davies’ underhit clearance found James McArthur, and his through ball to Patrick van Aanholt was slotted underneath Jakupovic as the game finished 4-0 to Crystal Palace.
The result means that Hull are relegated from the Premier League, after a season which has seen a mass squad overhaul and managerial changes. However, they can be somewhat proud of the fact that they have had hope of survival until so late in the season as beforehand they were the favorites for relegation.
Hull’s final game will be at home against Tottenham, in which neither side will have anything to play for as Hull’s relegation is sealed and Tottenham are confirmed to finish in an automatic Champions League spot. It will possibly serve as Marco Silva’s final game as Hull manager, as his contract with the club expires this summer.
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