Hull City relegated from the Premier League

  • Hull City relegated from the Premier League

Hull City relegated from the Premier League

Sam Allardyce admitted that survival was "a massive relief" after Crystal Palace ensured their Premier League safety with a 4-0 win that relegated Hull City.

Palace had no reason to play with ambition, knowing their visitors required a minimum of two goals, and defended with the organisation Allardyce has given them.

"We need to understand the feelings of the fans and the club and look after them, but on the other side we also need to take care of the players".

Hull were always climbing a mountain after conceding that early goal and they rarely threatened Palace and rather meekly surrendered their Premier League status while Crystal Palace confirmed theirs at a bouncing Selhurst Park. "It's a game we knew we had to win and got off to the worst possible start".

It's a big game this weekend.

Palace have beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in recent weeks but went into the Hull match on the back of three straight defeats.

They can be backed at nearly 3/1 but the rub is obviously supporting a side that last won a Premier League game on the road on August 20 and have managed a tired three draws since away from the KCOM Stadium.

They had begun the season as favourites for relegation, with Mike Phelan as their caretaker manager, and with only 13 fit senior players. We have thanked them all year.

The result means Hull will play Championship football next season and Allardyce was delighted to remove the possibility of relegation for Palace ahead of the final game of the season next Sunday.

"It's a sad day for our fans and our boys", he told BBC Sport. There were still enough games to get valuable points on the board and we have managed to do that.

We will never know how successful Sam Allardyce would have been at worldwide level with England, but we do know that he is one of the most accomplished firefighters in European football.

"It's like two cup finals now to us", said Silva, whose contract runs out at the end of the season. They come in their numbers, we praise them when they go away from home, we thank them for everything they have done. His leadership since taking the captain's armband has been vital to their improvement under Sam Allardyce, and he also provided the delivery from which Benteke added their second goal. The home record of the Eagles have been questionable this season and I think that it will test them again but they will hope to get a good system going and get at least the draw. The boys in the dressing room and the staff are all very disappointed, so we have to pick ourselves up.