English Premiership

Burnley go down despite beating Hull

2015-05-09 18:10
Danny Ings (burnleyfootballclub.com)

London - Burnley were relegated from the Premier League on Saturday despite a 1-0 victory over Hull City that left the hosts also in serious danger of joining the Clarets in the Championship next season.

Danny Ings ended his and Burnley's goal drought with a low finish in the 63rd minute at the KC stadium, but results elsewhere meant it was not enough to save the visitors from the drop.

It was Ings' 10th goal of the season but his first since February and that lack of firepower was the crucial factor in Burnley's return to the second tier just 12 months after promotion.

Sunderland's 2-0 victory over Everton earlier in the day meant Hull started the match in the bottom three and this damaging defeat ensured Steve Bruce's side stayed there, two points from safety with two games remaining.

The spirit and application of Burnley cannot be questioned, but the Clarets' main problem has been scoring goals.

They arrived at Hull having set an unwelcome club record of 569 minutes without a top-flight goal and they passed the 10-hour mark during a first half low on clear-cut chances, particularly for the visitors.

Hull had the better chances of a low quality opening period as Paul McShane and Ahmed Elmohamady sent headers over from Robbie Brady crosses.

Brady's set piece deliveries looked like Hull's best chance of a breakthrough and he came close to opening the scoring with a free-kick.

Jason Shackell's foul on Dame N'Doye gave Brady a shooting chance from 25 yards but the curling shot clipped the top of the bar and spun behind.

Ashley Barnes had Hull goalkeeper Steve Harper worried with an acrobatic attempt that went narrowly wide before Tom Huddlestone's drive was comfortably held by Tom Heaton in the opening two minutes of the second half.

Dyche led the appeals as Burnley claimed for a penalty after Ings went down under pressure from several Hull players in the area, but referee Martin Atkinson was unmoved.

With matches against Tottenham and Manchester United to come, Hull knew this was likely to be their best chance of recording a win before the end of the season and Bruce made a bold tactical switch after 56 minutes.

Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic came on for defender McShane and Hull switched to a front three, but Burnley weathered the pressure before snatching the lead.

With captain Michael Dawson off the pitch to change a bloodied shirt, Hull made a mess of defending Ben Mee's cross into the box.

Elmohamady's header hit team-mate Brady and the ball dropped for Ings to lash the ball low past Harper.

It was Burnley's first goal since the 1-0 win over Manchester City on March 14 and underlined the potential of Ings, who is out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to join a new club, with Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Sociedad reported to be interested in the 23-year-old.

Hull, with their top-flight status in danger, pushed for an equaliser but they lacked luck and quality.

Brady hit the bar with another curling free-kick but after that, the hosts resorted to sending in crosses from deep and Burnley were able to deal with the threat comfortably to record their ninth win in 10 matches against Hull.

Burnley's supporters taunted their Hull counterparts with chants of "you're going down with the Burnley".

On this evidence, it is hard to argue with them.

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