Hull completes trio of northeast clubs relegated from EPL
- Author: Julie Sanders May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 5:26
They struggled to recover from gifting Wilfried Zaha a third-minute goal, and will return to the Sky Bet Championship next season after this defeat left them four points from safety with only one fixture to play.
Crystal Palace played Sam Allardyce's trademark counter-attacking game nearly to perfection in the 4-0 rout of Hull City at Selhurst Park on Sunday that secured their place in the Premier League for another season.
"I'm not complaining it hasn't gone to the last game as I predicted, " Clement joked after Swansea secured a seventh straight season of Premier League football. They didn't deserve what has happened to the club this season.
Christian Benteke gave Palace a two-goal cushion before halftime when he headed home Jason Puncheon's corner in the 34th minute for his 15th league goal.
In the circumstances, the first goal would be crucial and Hull were getting a sinking feeling once again after Zaha punished a bad blunder to open the scoring in the third minute.
The Tigers began the season as favourites for relegation, with only 13 fit senior players. Silva was hired to stop the rot but the task was beyond the Portuguese coach.
"We were all very, very nervous today going into the game, but the nerves were used in a very positive way, particularly by the players to deliver a positive performance that was needed", Allardyce said.
"People think if we didn't get those wins against the big teams then we wouldn't be in the situation that we're now in, and we would've been fighting until the end. Now it is the moment to analyze".
Palace counterpart Sam Allardyce maintained his remarkable record of never having been relegated from the top-flight.
And Tomkins, who worked with Allardyce at West Ham, praised the former England boss for pulling off another rescue mission.
Bottom of the table at Christmas, Marco Silva's arrival as manager in January had sparked a turnaround in Hull's form - but survival always looked unlikely. "We did our best to improve the boys in the team and that was our job".
"Tactically we set out to nullify Hull and expose them where we thought they were weak, which is when they held a high line and put a quality ball in behind". That's something we'll discuss in the future.
Readers, what do you think Hull will do in the Championship next year? His contract expires at the end of the season.
"Once you have done it, it is about building for the future and trying to make sure you are not in that position again".