After Swansea’s win at Sunderland yesterday it was a simple equation for Hull City. It was win or bust as anything other than 3 points would spell relegation back to the Championship. In a game they simply had to win Marco Silva’s side went out with a whimper rather than a roar as Crystal Palace hammered them 4-0 to secure their own future in the Premier League.
The game couldn’t have started any worse for City as Wilfried Zaha opened the scoring after just three minutes. Andrea Ranocchia lost his composure when he needed it most as he completely miss kicked a clearance which opened the door for Zaha who had an easy finish.
This was an early hammer blow for City and Palace dominated the opening half an hour. Ranocchia was having a nightmare start to the game as he was out jumped by James Tomkins from a corner but luckily his header went narrowly wide. If this was a warning side for City they didn’t pay attention as a few minutes later Palace doubled their lead from a corner. Their dangerman Christian Benteke was left unmarked and he headed home Jason Puncheon’s corner with ease. To be brutal City could have no complaints at being relegated when they left Palace’s main goal scorer unmarked at a corner, criminal!
The best thing to happen to Hull City in the first half was the half time whistle. Marco Silva will have been keen to get his side into the dressing room to try and address the dismal first half display. Whatever he said during the break it didn’t appear to work as Palace continued to have it easy at the start of the second half. Silva rolled the dice and had used all three substitutes by the 50th minute but it just wasn’t happening for City.
It said a lot about the performance or lack of it from the senior players when City’s first real chance fell to youngster Jarrod Bowen. He couldn’t connect with his shot properly and that summed the day up for City. They didn’t register a single shot on target throughout the game and that tells it’s own story.
With a little over 5 minutes to go Hull’s relegation was confirmed when Michael Dawson hauled down Jeff Schlupp in the box. Luka Milivojevic made no mistake from the spot and City were down. It got even worse in the 90th minute when Patrick Van Aanholt made it 4-0. A few minutes later the final whistle put City out of their misery as their relegation was finally confirmed. Rather than fighting for their Premier League lives they seemed to surrender to Palace and never looked like threatening them.
The 2000 City fans who tried their best to motivate the team were chanting “Marco Silva we want you to stay” at the end of the game. Make no mistake Marco Silva did a remarkable job as the damage was done well before his appointment. His only flaw was that he never got City going away from home and that was their ultimate downfall at the back end of the season. Silva has put himself in the shop window and several big clubs are rumoured to be looking at him so it will be a real task to keep the young manager at the club. He said after the game that he would speak to the owners in the next few days but didn’t confirm whether or not he would be staying or leaving.
Silva’s future remains to be seen but one thing is for certain Hull City will be playing Championship football next season and who knows what the future might hold under the Allam regime. City fans will be dreaming of a fourth promotion in just over ten years. For that to happen the owners need to back the manager whoever he is and spend money otherwise it could be a long hard season in the Championship.