Brown Sings Praises for Tigers but It's Duff Luck For The Toon Army

Jord WilsonContributor IMay 25, 2009

Phil Brown celebrated keeping Hull in the Premier League by bursting into song on the KC stadium pitch yesterday.

The tigers lost 1-0 to Champions Manchester United but that was enough to keep them in the Premier League for their second season.

"We absolutely deserved to stay up and have a second year in the Premier League," said Brown. "We got more points than the bottom three clubs—it is a simple as that."

There were Tense moments after the final whistle as other results flooded in, and Brown lead the celebrations with a song as they discovered they were safe.

It wasn't such a good day for Newcastle. They went to Villa Park knowing they needed points against high-flying Aston Villa, who were also trying to break into fifth spot.

It was the Geordies that started brightest, Kevin Nolan failing to slide in a cross and Obafemi Martins' Rocket powered volley going just over. James Milner tested Steve Harper at the other end while the Newcastle fans started cheering as news that Hull were behind trickled in.

Soon after however, Villa got the breakthrough. A Corner was headed out as far as Stilyan Petrov who laid the ball to Gareth Barry, his shot deflecting of Damien Duff and into the bottom left corner of the goal.

Newcastle lost David Edgar for a second bookable offence late on, and soon after Newcastle United lost their Premier League status after staying in the top flight since 1993.

Middlesbrough, favourites to go down, lost 2-1 at West Ham meaning that a dismal season, with just 28 goals scored all year, ended on a low note with them going down to the Championship with Newcastle and West Brom.

Elsewhere, Sunderland were beaten 2-3 at home by third-placed Chelsea, Nicolas Anelka grabbing a goal which in turn helped him grab the golden boot. Ricky Sbragia resigned soon after helping his team stay in the Premier League.

Robbie Keane marked his Anfield return with a goal for Spurs against former employers Liverpool, But it wasn't enough for Spurs as the Home side ran out 3-1 winners with goals from Torres, Benayoun, and an own goal from Hutton.

Leon Osman scored twice for Everton against Fulham but the result didn't affect Fulham's qualification for the Europa league. Everton finished fifth, two points ahead of Aston Villa and also qualified for the new Europa league.

A Robin Van Persie double set Arsenal on the way to a 4-1 win against Stoke City, the other goals coming from Abou Diaby, a James Beattie own goal, and a Stoke penalty by Ricardo Fuller.

Blackburn and West Brom drew 0-0, with Jason Roberts sent off late on for use of an Elbow. Felipe Caicedo scored for Manchester City giving them a 1-0 win over Bolton, while a lone Hugo Rodallega strike ensured Wigan picked up the points against Portsmouth.

The 2008-09 season was surely one to remember with some fantastic goals, dramatic finishes, and shock results. Manchester United win their 11th Premier League title and Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season.

Everton, Aston Villa, and Fulham qualify for the Europa league and West Brom, Middlesbrough, and Newcastle will be playing their football in the Championship next year. 2009-10 will see Wolves, Birmingham, and either Burnley or Sheffield fighting in the big league.