Hull City have been relegated to the Championship after Newcastle United won 2-0 against West Ham, taking Tigers’ fate out of their hands.
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Hull’s final day bout with Manchester United perhaps demonstrated just why Steve Bruce’s side found themselves in the relegation zone on the final day.
Needing to win to stand a chance, the 0-0 draw showed just how poor Hull have been upfront during the season.
Throughout the game at the KC Stadium, Hull got into a number of decent positions against the Red Devils but every time the question was asked, they failed to answer it.
A first-half goal was chalked off for offside after Victor Valdes flapped at a Hull free-kick. The dropped ball was aimed goalwards and then tapped in by Paul McShane, who was just ahead of the goal line. It was the right call from the official despite the protestations of the crowd.
Hull were at it again just minutes later and United need a stellar stop from stand-in keeper Valdes to ensure the scores remained 0-0 and prolonged Hull City’s agony a little more. He was equal to a well placed Elmohamady header.
The second half of the game again proved just why Hull essentially dommeed themselves. McShane just unable to get on the end of a curling cross as it dipped into the Manchester United box and again a decent attacking move came to nought.
Marouane Fellaini certainly gave them a brilliant chance to at least score in their final Premier League game for at least another season when he stupidly got himself sent off with a terrible, late foul on McShane that left the Hull man in a terrible way.
That’ll be nice, and pointless, suspension at the start of next season.
But Hull’s fate was confirmed as Newcastle romped to a 2-0 victory at St James’ Park over West Ham, an unsurpassable points total for the Magpies.
Hull City were condemned to relegation and if they want to get back in the top flight any time soon then they will clearly have to improve up top.