Hull relegated, Crystal Palace secures Premier League status

Rufina Vignone
Mag 21, 2017

"Because of the run-in and the sides we've had to play, this was the hardest", he told Sky Sports.

The result means the Tigers will play Championship football next season and Allardyce was delighted to alleviate the possibility of relegation ahead of the final game of the season next Sunday.

Speaking about the team's escaped from the drop, Allardyce said: "Having seen all the games over Christmas and New Year it was a tough time, and we made some changes behind the scences and the concentration on the recruitment was certainly one of the big elements".

"We gave our opponent a 1-0 lead and after that everything becomes hard".

"When you prepare for a final and you give one goal away in the first minutes, it's very hard".

"It's a sad day for our fans and our boys", Silva said.

Michael Dawson has expressed his disappointment in seeing his Hull City side relegated from the Premier League, admitting that the team "just came up short".

Off the field, fans were disgruntled because of ticket prices and a lack of offseason investment in the playing squad by the club's owners - the Allam family - who didn't want to spend any cash while they attempted to sell up.

The offside flag came to Hull's rescue, preventing Palace from extending their lead before the interval, where Marco Silva sacrificed two defenders for forwards Shaun Maloney and Jarrod Bowen.

"We'll see (if I will be manager next season)". Next season he will surely have a different agenda and objective of taking them to at least mid table.

There were a couple of positives though, but again with a bad performance other things went against us on the day.

Allardyce said: "The concentration in the transfer market was the key element in our turnaround". Steve Agnew could do nothing as he watched Premier League winners Chelsea destroy them 3-0 last week that left them relegated.

"We gave them what they wanted and they were comfortable. We will talk before the Tottenham match next Sunday".

Referees are fiercely criticised when they get decisions wrong.

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. "It was the flawless performance by the players and it's terrific for everyone that's taken part since I've been here, particularly the fans".

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