Hull relegated after heavy defeat to Crystal Palace

The midfielder's contribution has been vital to their vastly-improved form since January which led to them finally preserving their Premier League status in Sunday's 4-0 defeat of Hull.

The Tigers were sunk by a hammering at Crystal Palace, a day after Swansea had won at Sunderland to edge closer to top-flight safety.

Palace went into the relegation tussle at Selhurst Park needing one point to stay up and took the upper hand from the start with a goal inside three minutes from Wilfried Zaha.

Player ratingsCrystal Palace: Wayne Hennessey 7, Joel Ward 6, James Tomkins 7, Martin Kelly 6, Jeffrey Schlupp 8, Luka Milivojevic 8, Yohan Cabaye 7, Jason Puncheon 8, Wilfried Zaha 8, Andros Townsend 7, Christian Benteke 8.

Despite arriving in England as a virtual unknown, Portuguese coach Silva has become a hot property due to his work in hard circumstances at Hull.

The Tigers, who have now either suffered relegation or enjoyed promotion in four of the last five seasons, join fellow north east outfits Sunderland and Middlesbrough in dropping down to the Championship.

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The Swans' 2-0 away win over the Black Cats on Saturday meant that the Humberside outfit would have to beat Palace at Selhurst Park to stand any chance of taking the basement scrap to the last day, but were soundly beaten by Sam Allardyce's men. However, the former England manager will be expected to steer his side far higher up the table in 2017/18.

"I know it puts Hull down after a courageous fight, but for us it's a great, great feeling". "It's been a collective effort from everyone connected to the club; so congratulations to the players, backroom staff, club staff and definitely our supporters for their help in getting us over the line", he told the club's official website. I will talk to the board and the chairman first, inside the walls of the club. You should be doing that in June. He explained "Crystal Palace only really need a point but I don't think they will play for just a point".

"Players are very good at, shall we say, outsourcing responsibility for things, but you have to remember that they are winners", he said.

"We understand what we need to do differently, but we keep all together, we keep going together and we keep fighting for the next game".

"We had a slip, mainly through injuries, but what a way to finish in front of your fans with a 4-0 win!"

- Hull have conceded 13 penalties this season, more than any other side in a single Premier League campaign.