“We’ve got two games to play and they are the equivalent of two Champions League finals”, Ranocchia told the club’s website. We’ve not wasted the magnificent results we achieved, particularly in that short spell against Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.
In a statement released on the club’s official website on Monday afternoon, Hull’s vice-chairman Ehab Allam said: “Despite my disappointment at suffering relegation, I can not praise Marco Silva and his staff enough for the job they have done”. We tried but conceded again and it finished the game. That was the last time they’d won an away trip too – nine months of fruitless trekking around the country eventually sapping their early-season verve, their confidence and, now, their Premier League status.
Crystal Palace will try to convince Wilfried Zaha to stay at Selhurst Park by offering him a new contract worth £120,000-a-week, according to The Sun.
Sam Allardyce ranks keeping Crystal Palace in the Premier League as his toughest challenge in a career of managing struggling sides in the top flight. No doubt we will face another relegation battle next season if no major changes are made over the summer.
When a Palace pass went astray, Andrea Ranocchia had the simple task of hoofing clear, but instead the Hull defender completely missed his kick and Zaha gleefully pounced on the loose ball to slot home.
The 62-year-old earned promotion with Bolton in 2001 and kept them up six times, and has since steered Blackburn, West Ham and Palace to safety.
“Now is not the moment to talk about the future of the manager”. His Palace side narrowly escaped relegation to the third tier in 2001, but experienced the joy of reaching the Premier League via the playoffs three seasons later.
It’s a big game this weekend.
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.
Already facing a mountain to climb, Hull now needed at least two goals to have a chance of survival.
“We had to make sure that we did the basics well and not take any risks”.
“The acquisition of the players who arrived at the club made us better”, said Allardyce, who immediately set out to improve the club’s leaky defence, signing Patrick van Aanholt and taking Mamadou Sakho on loan from Liverpool.
“And not get carried away thinking we are this magical thing that we are not”.