Palace relegate Hull with EPL thumping

In a game they could ill-afford to lose, Hull got off to a nightmare start as Andrea Ranocchia's third-minute error presented Wilfried Zaha with the opener, before Christian Benteke notched his sixth goal in nine games on 34 minutes.

In his post match interview, Allardyce said: "We were all very nervous today but those nerves were used in a positive way". Can we just forget this season now, it didn't happen?

But the hosts won 4-0, much to Clement's relief. "We put the boys at the first to believe and fight until this moment".

"The acquisitions increased the confidence of the players already here and we stopped conceding goals and winning football matches".

"I have great belief that we will not be in this position next season", said the midfielder.

A 4-0 defeat at Crystal Palace confirmed they would finish in 18th place and return to the Sky Bet Championship, and attention will now inevitably turn to the matter of Silva's contract, which expires at the end of the season.

Hull on Sunday saw themselves relegated as they joined Middlesbrough and Sunderland at the bottom of the table with manager Marco Silva's future uncertain.

The Tigers made a better start to the second half, but were struggling to penetrate the home defence once more, and their hopes were firmly dashed five minutes from time when Jeffrey Schlupp drove into the box and was brought down by Michael Dawson to earn a penalty.

The offside flag came to Hull's rescue, preventing Palace from extending their lead before the interval, where Marco Silva sacrificed two defenders for forwards Shaun Maloney and Jarrod Bowen.

Crystal Palace fans urged Mamadou Sakho to sign a permanent deal with the club as they watched their side clinch Premier League survival. Not for you. For me, it's easy what the club needs to do differently.

Three wins from their first three games got Wanderers up and running, but a run of 12 games without a win either side of Christmas left them in trouble.

Hull wrap up their season with a home game against Tottenham Hotspur next Sunday. We'll get decent money for him in the summer, though.

But the 62-year-old has maintained his record of never taking a team out of the Premier League and ranked it higher than his survival acts with Bolton, Blackburn and Sunderland. "We needed time to adjust to the stadium but we knew we would".

  • Julie Sanders