Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce has said that it was a “massive relief” after the team ensured their position in the Premier League with a 4 – 0 win over Hull City.
The team were in control at half-time thanks to goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christan Benteke. In the second half Luka Milivojevic scored a late penalty and then Patrick van Aanholt scored the final goal in stoppage time.
Had Hull won the game they would have been within a point of Palace with a game remaining. However, it was Allardyce’s players that guaranteed themselves top flight football next season.
Speaking after the game he said, “It’s a massive relief, that’s for sure. We all know the implications of relegation and the devastation it causes to a football club. This club has been in the Premier League for [four years] and wants to grow with it now. It was a brilliant effort by the players today, tactically we set up to nullify Hull and really expose them where we thought they were weak.”
He said that in the second half they allowed Hull “all the possession they wanted and gave them no chances.” He described Palace as giving “the perfect performance” and said “it’s terrific for everyone that’s taken part since I’ve been here, particularly the fans.”
Allardyce has a strong record of keeping teams in the Premier League and he said that saving Palace was his toughest challenge yet due to their tricky run of fixtures.
“Because of the run-in and the sides we’ve had to play this was the hardest,” he said. “We’ve now not wasted the magnificent results we achieved in that short spell against Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal. We had a little slip-up after a lot of injuries, but now we’ve come back, and what a way to finish in your final home game. I know it puts Hull down after a brave fight, but for us it’s a great, great feeling.”