Fulham and Cardiff relegated from Premier League

Sunderland take giant step to survival with battling 1-0 win over United

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 May, 2014, 1:40am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 May, 2014, 1:40am


Fulham and Cardiff City were both relegated from the Premier League on Saturday after losing their penultimate games of the season.

Fulham slipped into the Championship after 13 years in the top flight after losing 4-1 at Stoke City, while Cardiff City's 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United saw them relegated a year after securing promotion.

"I feel very sad. I have to apologise for not managing the situation," Fulham manager Felix Magath told BBC Sport. "There was no reason for that performance - it's the worst game since I've been here. I didn't expect it. I told the team, today was a great chance but we never took the chance."

I feel very sad. I have to apologise for not managing the situation. There was no reason for that performance - it's the worst game since I've been here
Fulham manager Felix Magath

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was hired in January to replace the fired Malky Mackay at Cardiff, but failed to turn things around and they never looked likely to beat a struggling Newcastle side.

Sunderland's 1-0 victory at Manchester United condemned Fulham and Cardiff to relegation.

Gus Poyet's Sunderland are four points above Fulham and five points clear of bottom club Cardiff. Third-bottom Norwich City, who trail Sunderland by three points, visit Chelsea on Sunday.

"I said a long time ago that we would fight to the end, and what a game of football we played," said Poyet. "We have been down there all season but if we win and stay up it's an incredible season."

Manchester United boss Ryan Giggs said: "I feel flat. The players were flat and I don't know why. Credit to Sunderland. They created the best chances."

West Ham guaranteed their survival with a 2-0 win over 10-man Tottenham in a London derby, which took the pressure off manager Sam Allardyce.

Younes Kaboul was dismissed in the 25th minute with a straight red card for taking down last man Stewart Downing.

West Ham went ahead from a corner by Mark Noble when Harry Kane accidentally headed in Andy Carroll's header in the 27th minute. Downing made it 2-0 in the 44th at Upton Park with a low free kick.

In other games, Aston Villa beat Hull 3-1 to make them safe while Southampton edged Swansea City away 1-0.

In a dramatic final day in the second-tier Championship, Brighton grabbed an injury-time winner to reach the play-offs. Birmingham also scored with seconds left to avoid relegation.

Brighton will compete for a place in the Premier League with Derby, Queens Park Rangers and Wigan after finishing sixth in the Championship by beating Nottingham Forest 2-1.

Three years after winning the League Cup, Birmingham faced the prospect of demotion to the third tier, but Paul Caddis scored in stoppage time to claim a 2-2 draw at Bolton and consign Doncaster to the drop.

Agence France-Presse, Associated Press