Hull City relegated after defeat to Crystal Palace

Man Utd record-breaker Wayne Rooney is too expensive for Palace - Sam Allardyce

Hull City have been relegated following their 4-0 defeat against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Hull could be playing under tremendous pressure at Crystal Palace on Sunday, depending on Swansea's result.

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.

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

"If you had said in December that we would need one point from a game against Hull City to stay up when I started I would have taken it with both hands and said, "Thank you very much".

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. Wilfred Zaha, Christian Benteke, Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholt were all on the score sheet during a vintage Allardyce performance.

Crystal Palace are still in the relegation battle, and are looking for a win to distance themselves from Swansea and Hull.

Silva took charge in January until the end of the season and led Hull to six wins in 17 league games.

To say the Hull fans look disgruntled is an understatement. Of course Dieumerci Mbokani would have come on as well, but we lost Harry to injury early in the second half and had to make a different change. "Now it is the moment to analyze".

That was exactly what Sam Allardyce's men did, as the Eagles won for the eighth time in 15 matches to reach 41 points and confirm their fifth consecutive season in the top flight.

But we had one target to stay in the Premier League. The next level of the recruitment is critical to the team being more consistent and achieving more in the Premier League rather than a fight against relegation. It's easy (to see) what the club needs to do differently. If you've got the label, you accept it (as a fire fighter), but building for the future relieves the stress on you. "It's about building for the future".

Jason Puncheon targeted Benteke with his inswinging, right-wing delivery and the Belgian's powerful header, under minimal supervision from the Hull defence, had the beating of Jakupovic.

Swansea City's win at Sunderland on Saturday had left Hull with no margin for error and Palace's desire to secure their safety meant the stakes couldn't have been higher.

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