Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Crystal Palace 4-0 Hull City: Tigers relegated after thrashing

Crystal Palace 4-0 Hull City: Tigers relegated after thrashing

Hull City crashed out of the Premier League on Sunday as Crystal Palace secured their own survival with a 4-0 thrashing of their relegation rivals at Selhurst Park.

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

Palace ensured the scoreline had an emphatic look as Luka Milivojevic slotted home from the penalty spot five minutes from time before Patrick van Aanholt nicked a late fourth.

Silva's side had almost 74 per cent of the possession in the second half but did not manage a shot on target in the whole game, and the 39-year-old was left to rue their bad start and poor decision-making.

Taking into account only Premier League points accrued since the day Silva was hired, Hull would be in mid-table and punching well above its weight. "It's not a good moment".

"It was a flawless performance from the players today, 4-0, a clean sheet, and it is terrific for everybody that has taken part since I've been here - not just the squad but everyone behind the scenes and the fans, in particularly in the end, who have been behind us".

"We came here to play one final and we started in a bad way".

Silva sent on Shaun Maloney and Jarrod Bowen at half-time, but Hull lacked poise and Palace held them at bay easily. They knew what's in it for them. "We all know we should not have been in this position in the second to last game, but we were". "We tried to make changes at half-time for a small reaction". Possession is not enough.

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Silva took charge in January until the end of the season and led Hull to six wins in 17 league games. "But we can not get carried away and not forget that we are Crystal Palace and what got us into this position in the Premier League in the first place".

"I think because of the run-in, the teams we had to play, this was the hardest and it means we haven't wasted the magnificent results we achieved in a short spell against Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal".

In truth, it was Hull's woeful away form this season that ultimately sent them down.

"It's always a relief", manager Sam Allardyce said after the game.

Referees are fiercely criticised when they get decisions wrong.

"We were playing risky football and got punished".

"The way we saw Hull City off today really pleased me. the way we counter-attacked".

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