Sunday, May 24, 2009

The 2008/09 English Premiership season is now over and although it was a tense day with four teams still technically battling to avoid relegation, the day ended more with a whimper than a bang with all four teams showing very little in terms of fighting spirit and the desire to stay up.

Middlesborough were basically doomed and had little chance of taking anything from the mighty West Ham anyway. Sunderland were lucky that they didn't need to take anything from their game against Chelsea, with the Blues dominating most of the match against the Black Cats.

That left what was expected to be the decisive battles and much flicking between the two matches on the remote.

Hull limped home against Man United, failing to get the ball for most of the last 5 minutes of the game. Fergie, as expected, put out a young side and full credit to them as they showed more fight than a team fighting for their lives.

It was good for Fergie too as he would have taken flak if they'd lost but his side did their job and it was then the others that let themselves down.

Hull thankfully survive to fight another Premier League campaign but they have seriously lost that winning feeling and 2 wins in 25 sees them very very lucky that Newcastle have been even worse.

The joy of seeing fat, weeping Geordies was what we'd hoped for. Shearer really should have "stayed on the telly" but his side didn't have the urgency of a team that had to take at least a point.

They had no battle, no fight, no clue really for most of the game and it was fitting that it was an own goal that eventually sent them down.

We predicted that Hull would just do enough a few weeks back and we now further predict that Newcastle will not bounce straight back up again.

There'll be more tears than Gazza. Sob on the Tyne.

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