Hull City relegated from the Premier League

Adjust Comment Print

Crystal Palace fans urged Mamadou Sakho to sign a permanent deal with the club as they watched their side clinch Premier League survival.

Crystal Palace secured safety for another season after winning 4-0 against Hull City at Selhurst Park in a crucial Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon.

"We've done it with a game to go".

At the start of January 2017 Swansea City were rock bottom of the Premier League table, having just sacked Bob Bradley a day after boxing day, they were looking to face life in the Championship.

Palace had needed only a draw to remain in the Premier League, but three points were guaranteed from the moment Christian Benteke headed home Zaha's 34th-minute corner.

But Hull were coming from too far back and with the manager unable to solve the club's dismal away record - they collected just two points from 9 away games under the Portuguese - relegation loomed. They will join Sunderland and Middlesbrough in the Championship next season.

Not flashy "Allardici", a manager who always fancied he would have been a serial victor at the Bernabeu or San Siro, but once again good old "Fireman Sam", the Midlander that unfancied, struggling Premier League clubs turn to when deep in the mire.

Patrick van Aanholt's late goal was the icing on the cake or a kick in the teeth, depending on your allegiances. "The players have worked hard all week and understand what they have to do differently compared to the last game".

Celtics at Wizards: Watch It!
Here are five things to watch out for when the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards meet at 8 p.m. tonight at Verizon Center. In the five home games, Washington has held opponents to 40.9 percent shooting, the second lowest among all playoff teams.

Hull: Eldin Jakupovic 5, Harry Maguire 6, Andrea Ranocchia 4, Michael Dawson 5, Ahmed Elmohamady 5, Andrew Robertson 6, Sam Clucas 6, Kamil Grosicki 6, Alfred N'Diaye 6, Evandro 5, Oumar Niasse 5.

After a surprisingly good start to the season which followed a tumultuous summer that saw Steve Bruce leave the club, Mike Phelan was sacked at the start of January.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five things we learned in the Premier League this weekend.

Allardyce said: "For me, it's think back to the results we've gained, say to yourself, "We don't want to waste this - waste beating Chelsea away, Liverpool away and Arsenal at home".

- Hull have conceded 13 penalties this season, more than any other side in a single Premier League campaign.

"And I'm sure the fans will feel the same way after everything they've been through this season".

Hull's goalkeeper denied Benteke a second goal later in the first half, following a fine sweeping counter-attack from the home side with Johan Cabaye laying off the final pass to the big striker only for Jakupovic to block his close-range shot.

Comments