Strengthening Palace defence was crucial to survival says Allardyce

Sam Allardyce admitted it was a "massive relief" as Crystal Palace thumped Hull City 4-0 to make sure of Premier League safety - and relegate their opponents in the process.

Hull City's confirmed relegation means Swansea can officially relax and what could have been a nervy final day at SA1 next week, now becomes a day of celebration.

Silva, who arrived on an 18-month deal in January, said: 'Now is not the moment to talk about the future of the manager.

"We took three points at Chelsea away, and that gave us a great lift as it was our fourth win on the trot, and then we had a little stumble but the way we have seen Hull City off today really pleased me". I feel very sad for them because they have supported the team and they have supported me. "We started to lose in pre-season when we were making our preparation", Silva said.

"I am very proud of what we have achieved in the second half of the season, " Clement told Swansea's official website.

He posted on Instagram: "To think this was a year ago today, knowing we were so close to Wembley and the dream of being back in the premier league!"

He pointed out in his programme notes that the point with which Palace started every match, including Sunday afternoon, had to be defended above all else.

Referees are fiercely criticised when they get decisions wrong. When we had the four-game winning run and we beat Liverpool it was on the fact Liverpool had one shot on target at their own ground.

"When you prepare for a final and you give one goal away in the first minutes, it's very hard".

Allardyce says it was a "perfect" performance from his team, on such a hige day for the club.

"It's a ideal performance from the players today - 4-0, clean sheet and terrific for everybody that's taken part since I've been here, not just the squad but everyone behind the scenes".

The relegation is not a problem - it's the fact that the heart of the club has been ripped out by the owners and now they're not even going to try and paper over the cracks. "Crystal Palace also need a result themselves, but we have to go there and show that we want it more than they do". "And the fans particularly in the end, right behind us and have been ever since we've been here".

"We need to win the games".

  • Julie Sanders