Paul Clement feeling 'proud' as Swansea retain Premier League status

Taylor Byrd
May 15, 2017

Hull needed at least a draw to keep hope of staying in the Premier League alive and avoid Sunderland and Middlesbrough in the Championship.

Goals from Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke, Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholt secured the victory and guaranteed Palace's survival under manager Sam Allardyce.

During the season, Hull City managed to give out a few good matches, mainly with favorites, on which they managed to tune better. Way back then was before we brought in all the players we did.

"It's a flawless performance from the players today - four goals and a clean sheet and terrific for everyone that has taken part, not just the squad, but everyone behind the scenes".

"The fans have stuck with us throughout the season, good or bad and it is appreciated by all of the players".

The visitors enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession in the second half as Palace dropped deep to preserve their advantage, but they rarely looked likely to add to their meagre total of 36 league goals for the season.

The 4-0 victory for Palace also secured their status as a Premier League club for next season.

"I just do my job to the best of my ability wherever I work".

"We had a little slip-up but that came through injuries really and now we have come back, in our last home game, what a way to finish in front of your home fans".

The triumphant afternoon capped what has been a topsy turvy 12 months for Allardyce that started with him keeping Sunderland in the Premier League and later saw him appointed and dismissed as England manager in record time before he took over at Crystal Palace.

Christian Benteke doubled Palace's advantage, heading home unmarked in the box from Jason Puncheon's corner before Hull were unfortunate not to be offered a lifeline back into the match - both Martin Atkinson and his linesman missed Puncheon handling Kamil Grosicki's free kick in the box.

The Palace captain dictated much of his team's tempo and discipline, which during a fixture that had the potential to overwhelm them proved key. Several other Premier League teams could also thrive under his management.

The Tigers will play in the Championship next season after losing 4-0 at Crystal Palace.

"We have worked hard in training throughout the week and we will be working as hard as we possibly can to get the result we want and need at Palace on Sunday", Ranocchia said.

They paid the price for a chaotic campaign marred by poor signings and boardroom turmoil, not to mention conceding 13 penalties - the highest in a Premier League season.

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