Hull relegated after heavy defeat to Crystal Palace

Solenn Plantier
Mai 16, 2017

Needing victory to keep their slim hopes alive, the Tigers suffered the worst possible start as a awful missed clearance from Andrea Ranocchia let Wilfried Zaha in to score in the third minute.

"Today we came here to play one final and we started in a bad way", Silva, who has picked up 21 points from his 17 games in charge, said in his post-match news conference.

With 34 minutes on the clock, Christian Benteke powerfully headed home past Eldin Jakupovic from a Jason Puncheon corner, although there did appear to be a handball by a Palace player in the build-up to the corner.

Dawson brought down Jeffrey Schlupp as he raced into the area on the counter-attack, allowing Milivojevic to dispatch the penalty in confident fashion with just five minutes of normal time left.

United's Wayne Rooney who had the distinction of scoring the last goal at the Lane with a close-range finish in the 71st minute. A video shared on Twitter by Gerhard Tremmel shows them gathered watching the final minutes of the game at Selhurst Park, cheering Milivojevic's spot-kick which all but confirmed top flight football for the club next season. SUBS: Van Aanholt 7, Delaney 6, McArthur 6. SUBS: Davies 5, Maloney 6, Bowen 6. A 3-0 win over rivals Newcastle kick-started the survival bid, and victories by the same margin over Norwich and Everton during the run-in secured their top-flight status. A awful missed clearance from Ranocchia gifts Zaha a free run on goal and he slots home!

"The achievement of Sunderland, the disappointment of England and the saving of Crystal Palace".

When Puncheon escaped without conceding a penalty after blocking Kamil Grosicki's free-kick with his hand, Silva and his players must have realised there would be no great escape. Not spotted by linesman or Martin Atkinson.

James Tomkins and Yohan Cabaye returned for Palace while Evandro and Michael Dawson - making his first start in four - were recalled as both managers made two changes ahead of the season-defining clash.

Hull City are relegated.

After a turbulent season, in which Portuguese Silva did well to take the fight against the drop to the penultimate weekend of the campaign, Hull will aim to emulate Newcastle by roaring straight back to the Premier League next term.

- Christian Benteke has netted a joint-league-high seven headed goals in the Premier League this season (Fernando Llorente also on 7). Chris Armstrong scored 15 PL goals for the Eagles in 1992/93.

@wilfriedzaha collecting his #CPFC Player of the Season award!

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