The final round of Premier League games were played on Sunday. With not much interest at the top of the table, after Manchester United claimed the title last weekend and Chelsea uncatchable in second place, all eyes were on the bottom of the division, to see who would get relegated with West Ham and who would avoid the drop. Any of the 5 times above the bottom placed and managerless Hammers could have gone down, depending on results.
Man Utd once again played a part, hosting Blackpool, who needed a win at Old Trafford, where United had lost only two points all season. But Blackpool were game until the last and led 2-1 after 57 minutes, with goals coming from Chalie Adam and Gary Taylor-Fletcher, after Park Ji-Sung had opened the scoring. But United did not want their party spoiled and added 3 more goals of their own to to finish 4-2 winners and condemn Blackpool to Championship football next season.
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway gave a quite resigned press interview after the game. He talked about how difficult it would be for them to come back up again, after building this side and they are now likely to lose many of their stars to sides that remain in the Premier league.
Wigan managed to escape by the skin of their teeth again, with a 1-0 win at Stoke.
Blackburn beat Wolves 3-2 with a great goal coming from Australia‘s Brett Emerton and both managed to avoid the drop.
The unlucky side to go down finishing 18th was Birmingham. Their fans were celebrating when they drew level with Spurs on 79 minutes, but then other scores came through and they needed to win to stay up. Things got even worse in injury time, when Pavlyuchenko scored his second spectacular goal of the match.
So Birmingham, Blackpool and West Ham go down to the Championship while QPR and Norwich are promoted. Reading and Swansea play off for the remaining promotion place and the glory of the Premier League on Monday.