Swansea’s win over Sunderland meant nothing but three points would do for Marco Silva’s men and they confirmed their fate
HULL make a swift return to the Championship after just one season in the Premier League.
Yesterday’s victory for Swansea at Sunderland meant nothing but three points would be enough to keep Hull up.
And they endured the worst possible start when Andrea Ranocchia’s mistake allowed Wilfried Zaha to open the scoring.
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Despite a good recent run, Sam Allaryce’s men still need a win to confirm their own safety — and the three points were secured inside the first half when Christian Benteke headed home a second.
With just five minutes remaining on the clock, it was another experienced defender in Michael Dawson who was at fault when he brought down Jason Puncheon in the box and Luka Milivojevic coolly slotted home the penalty.
Patrick van Aanholt added a late fourth to complete the rout.
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- These were nervous times at Palace let alone Hull. Sam Allardyce responded to the 5-0 battering at Manchester City and three successive losses by making two changes. James Tomkins started in the centre of defence in place of Patrick van Aanholt while French midfielder Yohan Cabaye came in James McArthur. There were also two changes for Hull. Brazilian midfielder Evandro and defender Michael Dawson replaced injured duo Lazar Markovic and Abel Hernandez.
- The atmosphere at matches in the Premier League is often pretty poor — but Palace is still one place where it is decent. The crowd were certainly up for and their mood certainly improved after a few minutes.
- Hull needed a nice, steady start. So they managed the absolute opposite. Michael Dawson headed the ball towards Andrea Ranocchia, he completely miskicked and Wilf Zaha showed composure to slot the ball past Eldin Jakupovic. Just two minutes and 13 seconds gone.
- Luka Milivojevic has been a revelation for Palace and is not afraid to show his emotions. He gave Martin Kelly a verbal ear bashing following a Hull attack which could have led to the goal. On this occasion, Milivojevic should have kept quiet as he was the one caught out of position. But managed to get on the scoresheet with a cool penalty.
- Harry Maguire is a top defender and will get a move this summer — but he will not be bought as a right-back. Maguire was played in this position against Palace and looked uncomfortable before switching at the break.
- And Maguire was then beaten in the air as Palace grabbed their second to condemn Hull to relegation — before half-time. Christian Benteke did well to get up in the air and connect to Jason Puncheon’s corner. It was the Belgian’s 17th goal for the season for Palace.
- Silva made two half-time subs, taking both Ranocchia and Andy Robertson off with Jarrod Bowen and Shaun Maloney coming on. Maguire reverted to his better position in central defence but that lasted just a couple of minutes as he went off injured due to a problem with his right leg. Curtis Davies was his replacement. Hull did not get any better.
- Hull were really poor away from home but this should not been any surprise. While their home form under Silva has been outstanding, it has been dreadful on their travels. Just two points from nine away under the manager.
- Palace fans were singing “we are staying up.” The win guarantees Premier League football at Selhurst Park for a fifth successive year.
- With five to go, Palace grabbed a third. Milivojevic netted from the penalty spot after Jeffrey Schlupp was brought down by Michael Dawson — and there was still time for a fourth.