Hull City goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic is prepared for the match against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon. We will be aiming to finish the season strongly and reach 41 points.
Hull, however, will join Middlesbrough and Sunderland in dropping down to the Championship for next season. But three wins and eight goals later and Arsenal are still in the hunt for a Champions League place, with home games against Sunderland and Everton to come. A sad day for the club, and our fans. And even though Crystal Palace have been struggling of late, this seems like the flawless game to bounce back from their recent run of form.
"It's still the players' responsibility to handle the situation, isn't it?" the 62-year-old said.
Then James Tomkins exposed Hull's weakness in the air when he headed Jason Puncheon's corner narrowly wide. What happens does not depend on what they say to me.
This convincing 4-0 victory saw Palace book themselves a spot in the Premier League for another year. Sam Allardyce, of course, the reliable relegation buster.
Hull will be without winger Lazar Markovic.
Defender Omar Elabdellaoui (back) will return to contention after missing the last seven games, while midfielder Tom Huddlestone could return to the starting line-up. Silva was hired to stop the rot but the task was beyond the Portuguese coach.
Hull (from): Jakupovic, Marshall, Robertson, Dawson, Maguire, Ranocchia, Elmohamady, Elabdellaoui, Huddlestone, Evandro, Maloney, Henriksen, Grosicki, Hernandez, Diomande, N'Diaye, Clucas, Niasse, Mbokani.
"When you put into context where we were when I arrived - bottom of the table with just 12 points from 19 games - it's been a collective effort from everyone connected to the club". It was very important and we lost 2-0. It's been extremely hard in the last three games.
"We've had some tough away games. Whoever deals with the pressure better is a big factor".
Referees are fiercely criticised when they get decisions wrong. Don't waste it lads, they were terrific performances, in a period of time where we never expected to put ourselves in this position we're in now. The manager gave us a fighting chance but we've come up short.
"After losing a game, I can't forget, especially this game". It wasn't today we got relegated.
"Congratulations to the players, back-room staff, club staff and our supporters for their help in getting us over the line".
"But it's football, it's our life". "It's not a good moment". When we have players like Michael Dawson, Harry Maguire, Andrea Ranocchia and Alfred N'Diaye on our side, conceding from a corner can only be down to a lack of focus and to do that in matches at this level makes things very hard.
On the defeat against Sunderland: "It was not good last Saturday. The boys in the dressing room and the staff are very disappointed". "It's not enough to be battling relegation every year", he said. We need to win the next one first.
"But until the end we will fight". This club has been in the Premier League for [four years] and wants to grow with it now.
Sam Allardyce is still the Premier League's survival specialist. A 3-0 win over rivals Newcastle kick-started the survival bid, and victories by the same margin over Norwich and Everton during the run-in secured their top-flight status.
- Hull have conceded a league-high 14 goals from corners this season. But, for me, it's easy to see what the club needs to do differently.
Crystal Palace are favourites with Sky Bet at 21/20 to win, while Hull are priced at 5/2 and the draw is 12/5.