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Horror show for Andrea Ranocchia seals Hull City’s fate at the hands of Crystal Palace

The Italian defender's error in the opening exchanges sets the tone for Hull's collapse

Hull’s inevitable relegation has been sealed, after a 4-0 collapse at the hands of Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace.

The Tiger’s have flirted with safety since appointing Marco Silva as manager in January, but in the end even the brilliance of the Portuguese coach couldn’t keep the side in the Premier League.

Heartbreak for Hull

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Heartbreak for Hull

Of course, the pressure was on Hull.

This afternoon’s clash against Palace was the ultimate “relegation six-pointer”, after Swansea’s win against Sunderland on Saturday.

Silva’s side needed to win at Selhurst Park and still hope for a miracle.

But boy, did they fall short.

Silva trying to console his fallen players at full-time

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Silva trying to console his fallen players at full-time

It was all seemingly too much for some.

Including defender Andrea Ranocchia, who set the tone for Hull’s collapse after he got the very basics of defending wrong inside the opening three minutes.

A Palace throw-in seemed harmless enough, but as the Italian perfunctory swung his foot at the ball and missed, Wilfried Zaha seized on the error and coolly slotted home past Eldin Jakupovic.

Not the start Silva’s side had hoped for.

In the early exchanges, Palace win a throw-in and direct the ball towards Zaha

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In the early exchanges, Palace win a throw-in and direct the ball towards Zaha

Ranocchia attempts to clear the ball, but completely miss-kicks it

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Ranocchia attempts to clear the ball, but completely miss-kicks it

And Zaha rushes on… you know the rest

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And Zaha rushes on… you know the rest

Things only got worse for Hull, as Christian Benteke doubled Palace’s lead before half-time, while late goals from Luka Milivojevic, from the late penalty spot, and substitute Patrick van Aanholt, completed Hull’s misery.

Back to Inter y’go

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Back to Inter y’go

Palace’s win seals their top-flight safety, which consolidates Allardyce’s track record as a relegation-battle escapologist.

As Russell Brand once said: “Yes Sam, yes Sam! Give the man the credit he deserves!”

 

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Crystal Palace: Hennessey 8, Ward 8, Kelly 8, Tomkins 8, Schlupp 10, Puncheon 4, Milivojevic 8, Zaha 8, Cabaye -1, Townsend 0, Benteke 13

Subs: McArthur 5. van Aanholt 12, Delaney 5

Booked: Puncheon, Cabake, van Aanholt

 

Hull: Jakupovic -3, Maguire 0, Dawson -4, Ranocchia -3, Robertson -4, Elmohamady 0, N’Diaye -1, Clucas, Grosicki 0, Goebel 0, Niasse 0

Subs: Bowen 0, Maloney 0, Davies -4

Booked: Davies, Dawson, Robertson, N’Diaye, Clucas -1

 

Star man: Christian Benteke