Middlesbrough and Newcastle get relegated

May 24, 2009 | Filed Under: UK Box 
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shearer-newcastle-relegated Aston Villa 1 Newcastle 0 Newcastle were relegated after Damien Duff’s unfortunate own goal.Alan Shearer’s attempt to rescue Newcastle from relegation ended in failure on Sunday as Damien Duff’s own goal sentenced them to a 1-0 defeat and Championship football next season.

Shearer’s side capitulated without the kind of fight he was known for during his illustrious playing career and their 16-year stay in the top flight ended with a whimper.

Villa have been abject over the last few months themselves, with only five other Premier League club’s with a worse home record and they had won just once in their last 15 games.

But Newcastle were simply not good enough to exploit the fragility of Martin O’Neill’s side and looked very inch a Championship team.

Seven years ago Newcastle were in Europe with Bobby Robson and Shearer was scoring five goals in an 8-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday, now the potential for a Leeds United-style slide down the leagues is all too evident.

Shearer will meet with owner Mike Ashley this week and announce whether he will be getting his map book out to find a route to Scunthorpe United next season

Gareth Barry’s long-range drive was aimed well wide but the ball diverted off Duff’s outstretched leg and crept past the despairing Steve Harper (38).

Harper had tipped over a Craig Gardner drive but the Magpies saw a shot from Peter Lovenkrands cleared off the line and an Obafemi Martins header go wide, before David Edgar’s second booking.

Celebrity fan of Newcastle United and racing pundit John McCririck said followers of the team had a history of suffering.

He told Sky News: “We can take pain, we can take defeat but not the way it happened today.

“I don’t think any team has got more passionate fans than Newcastle.”

See Shearer Video here    Aston Villa v Newcastle – O’Neill Video

West Ham 2 Middlesbrough 1

Middlesbrough’s inevitable relegation to the Championship was confirmed after they lost at Upton Park.

Junior Stanislas struck the angle of the Middlesbrough bar in the 20th minute, but returning striker Carlton Cole put the Hammers ahead when he converted Herita Ilunga’s cross (33).

Gary O’Neil (50) equalised from a tight angle, but Brad Jones let Stanislas’s shot squirm through his hands (58).

After that it was a slow and painful death for the Middlesbrough fans as they never looked remotely like getting back into the game with West Ham always looking the more likely side to score.

There was still time for O’Neil to put a further stain on his performance moments before the end as he put a bad two footed tackle on Diego Tristan and was lucky not to be sent-off.Middlesbrough were not so lucky in their bid to stay in the Premier League though with their shocking away form eventually proving their undoing

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Gareth Southgate gives his reaction following Middlesbrough’s relegation to the Championship

 

Tyne-Tees despair spelt ecstasy for Hull and Sunderland though, who clung on to their Premier League status by the skin of their teeth despite losses to Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.

Elsewhere, Fulham will march into the newly-formed Europa League next season after Tottenham lost to Liverpool 3-1

 

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