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Hull relegated after United stalemate

 Referee Lee Probert (4L) shows a red card to Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini (L) who is shepherded away by Hull City's Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic (2L) after a foul in Kingston upon Hull, England on Sunday.

Referee Lee Probert (4L) shows a red card to Manchester United’s Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini (L) who is shepherded away by Hull City’s Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic (2L) after a foul in Kingston upon Hull, England on Sunday.

KINGSTON-UPON-HULL, May 24- Hull City were relegated from the Premier League after a 0-0 draw against 10-man Manchester United on the final day of the season on Sunday.

The Tigers have not beaten United since 1974 but, in the end, even a rare victory would not have been enough to save them from dropping into the Championship.

Steve Bruce’s side needed to take maximum points at the KC Stadium and hope that fourth bottom Newcastle were beaten by West Ham, but the Magpies’ 2-0 victory meant they survived at Hull’s expense.

The hosts bettered Louis van Gaal’s team, who had substitute Marouane Fellaini sent off with 13 minutes left, but could not find a winner as United legend Bruce once again failed to secure a first victory as a manager against his former club.

Hull had two goals disallowed and saw chances for Ahmed Elmohamady and Nikica Jelavic brilliantly kept out by Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdes on his full debut for United.

But, just 12 months after reaching a first FA Cup final and securing their highest ever league finish of 16th, a frustrating campaign ends with Hull having to face up to a return to the second tier.

As expected United finished fourth and face a play-off tie to qualify for the group stages of next season’s Champions League.

They arrived with little to play for except perhaps for those with question marks over their future.

Angel di Maria was included for his first start since being sent off against Arsenal in March but United’s club record signing lasted just 23 minutes before having to go off, seemingly, with an injury.

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Valdes made his first start for United in place of the injured David De Gea and there was no place in the squad for Radamel Falcao amid reports the Colombia striker has been told his loan spell from Monaco will not be extended.

– Spared embarrassment –

Valdes could be United’s first-choice goalkeeper next season if De Gea leaves for Real Madrid and the former Barcelona keeper had plenty of work to do in the opening 30 minutes as Hull looked to take the lead and heap pressure on Newcastle.

Valdes spilled Robbie Brady’s free-kick but was spared embarrassment as Paul McShane’s close-range finish was ruled out for offside.

Within a minute, Valdes showed his quality with a fine low save to keep out Elmohamady’s header from a Brady delivery and the hosts had another goal disallowed moments later.

Brady’s corner found its way to Stephen Quinn and his goalbound shot was flicked in by Dame N’Doye, who was ruled offside in the six-yard box.

Wayne Rooney clipped the bar with a shot from 20 yards and Ander Herrera narrowly failed to connect with Ashley Young’s long ball in a rare breach of Hull’s three central defenders.

David Meyler should have given Hull the lead when Chris Smalling’s header from Elmohamady fell kindly for him, but the Irishman side-footed over from 12 yards.

It was followed by news of Newcastle’s opening goal at St James’ Park and the home fans fell quiet for the first time.

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Hull did their best to raise the volume again and Daley Blind hacked the ball clear from close to his own goal line after Michael Dawson’s header caused panic in the United area.

Valdes was beaten again when N’Doye improvised to flick Elmohamady’s cross goalwards, but the effort dropped wide of the same upright.

Valdes reacted sharply to keep out Nikica Jelavic’s flick at the near post after a low ball in from substitute Sone Aluko before Fellaini was dismissed for a reckless challenge that left McShane needing extended treatment.

It meant seven minutes were added on, which served only to prolong Hull’s agony as time slowly ran out on their top-flight status.

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  1. nicholas korir kiprono

    May 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    If we cannot even identify what is the cause,how would we even prevent it from happening?

  2. Gichira

    May 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I am not a policeman but if I were Iteere, I would blame it on an ELECTRIC FAULT. That way Kenyans would not panic and would go on with thier businesses as usual as. That is what is call mob management and it works. Just like politicians thrive on telling the populace what they want to hear so the police never allows anything that would give credenc to defeat by enemies of PEACE and TRANGUILITY.

    I also undertsnad Kenya Power because they fear the cost implication if it realy were an electric fault. But what price is there to pay for the management of fear in a nation?

    Bravo Kenya Police Service and Commissioner Iteere. I only hope that after the management of the fear and panic, you will go down to the nitty gritties of the cause of the blast and make REAL arrests.

    Kenyans, DO NOT PANIC. THE COUNTRY is NOT under any attack!!!!

    • Martin

      May 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Gichira, you defending lies baffles me. Peace is built on truth. People panic in times of disaster because they realize they have built their hopes on sinking sands.

      Your post reminds me of Gaddafi shouting in capital letters that he is the king of kings.

  3. sisemi

    May 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    The Police commissioner lied about the cause of the blast and he will keep on lying about everything else. There is nothing like crowd control here, we are mature and can deal with the truth however bad it is.. kenyans are not idiots..bwana Gichira

  4. Pratt

    May 29, 2012 at 6:37 am

    In policing, security agents are not supposed to give leads to criminals. Thats simply to avoid affording them opportunity to escape. However, opportunists masqueranting as serious leaders, have lorded it upon themselves to scream terror even before they knew what exactly happened. Search for votes surely has limits! We cant endure a situation whereby self seekers compromize our security just to be heard. We have seem these self-seekers go to bed with secessionist. They forgot they had taken oath to protect territorial integrity of our nation. Leaning towards anti-Kenya forces is in itself treason. Their hired Newspaper columnists have even gone to the extend of unnecessarily comparing MRC with Eritrea. Needless to say, thats another act of treason. Democracy and freedom of speech have their own limits pals! You cant add fuel to anti-Kenyan schemes and still pretend to be doing your duty. You cant threaten the security of others and still, pretend to be within your rights. Most importantly, public figures cant sell the country for three pieces of silver and still pretend they are within their rights to hunt for votes. There is a security minister in this country. He has done perfectly well in the prevailing circumstances. Threats our nation has received from terrorist organizations have been nearly overwhelming. But the few terror cases that have taken place suggest our security agents are doing a fantastic job. There have been few mistakes here and there. But certainly thats not enough to make us condemn our gallant security forces. A perfect situation cant prevail when we are at war with terrorists. Whats saddening is that we seem to have some Kenyans whose job is only to ridicule and demoralize our  security forces. The reason being that they just want to mischievously tell their supporters that they are better than others. This cheap way of going for votes must be criminalized. The same  people employing these primitive tricks are the ones who brought these terrorists in our doorsteps. That was done by corruptly issuing entry permits to these people. There was even personal intervention by these holier than thou fellows for mothers, fathers, daughters, sons and even terrorists themselves disguised refugees, to be allowed in the country!       

  5. sisemi kitu!

    May 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Others still wish the clock were wound up back to the 70s and 80s and nineties when even ‘thinking’ was treasonable. All should be given the latitude to ventilate for as long as they do not cause harm to others. The overwhelming    good of the majority should be an effective check on the heinous minorities.

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