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What Survival Sunday Means For The Premiership

Wigan and Wolves stay up as Blackpool and Birmingham bow out

Posted May 25, 2011 by Chris White

Bloomfield Road will host the likes of Brighton next year rather than Man United

Well that’s it, the end of the season. Congratulations to Manchester United on their record 19th English league title, finishing 9-points clear of Chelsea, while Manchester City and Arsenal made up the final Champions League places.

What a day it was at the foot of the table, though. West Ham were already down before this weekend’s fixtures – and what a tribute they paid to their loyal fans on their goodbye from the top flight, getting thumped at home 3-0 by a Sunderland side that have been on the various beaches of this world since securing their Premiership status it seems. On that performance, the league has to be a better place without them.

Birmingham were relegated with a 2-1 defeat at Tottenham, and that’s the price you pay if you don’t score goals. To win football matches, you have to score more goals than the opposition. Maybe someone should have told the Birmingham players that at the start of the season. 37 goals in a 38-game season says it all. Other than winning the Carling Cup, what have they actually been doing all season?

Unfortunately for all of us, but particularly their own fans, Blackpool were also relegated. Despite briefly leading at Old Trafford, they went down with a 4-2 defeat – in which defender Ian Evatt scored an own goal to put the Champions back in front. The team were given a standing ovation by the whole stadium as they left the pitch, with the Stretford End even chanting, “There’s only one Ian Holloway.” Their performances this season have been nothing short of admirable. Nobody, (especially Alan Hansen), expected them to stay up, but they did themselves proud with their ‘we’ll score more than you’ approach to games. Please take note of this approach in future teams at the bottom of the table. Sometimes scoring goals will win you games.

Another blow, depending on who you support, is that Wigan and Wolves managed to stay up. The two sides have somehow clung on to their Premiership status, in Wolves’ case, even after losing 3-2 at home. This means that fans of other Premiership sides will have to put up with Wigan being relegation fodder from day one to the final day again, and, even worse, we’ll have to put up with Mick McCarthy’s dulcet tones, wait, I don’t mean that do I, I mean his boring moans all season on how they’re hard done by.

QPR and Norwich are coming up next season, with the possibility of Reading or Swansea from the playoff final. Good luck to those sides, who, if they watched how Blackpool took on some sides this season, could be successful with the players they have and their financial backing.

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