Hull City exit Premier League with humiliating 7-1 loss to Tottenham
Hull City's farewell to the Premier League was humiliating in the extreme. Not only did they lose to an excellent Tottenham side to complete a pointless final month, the Tigers suffered the heaviest home defeat in their 113-year history.
Although Sam Clucas promised to limit the damage after Spurs had raced into a 3-0 lead at the break, it merely jolted Tottenham back into life. Four unanswered goals inside the closing quarter was inexcusable for a team that had been revived through togetherness and spirit in 2017. A pitiful surrender was not how Marco Silva wanted to finish the season.
Even in a seven-goal defeat, the ovation given to Silva and his players was remarkable. The coach had his name sung throughout, but a lap of appreciation after the full-time whistle underlined the fondness that fans have for Silva. If only there were any guarantees that this love affair could be extended into 2017-18. Silva will meet with vice chairman Ehab Allam on Wednesday before making a final decision over his future, but an insistence that his heart would not rule his head leaves supporters fearful that he has overseen his final game at the KCOM Stadium.
City were not even able to say goodbye in a dignified fashion. There was one spell of fight midway through the second half, but the closing 20 minutes were truly awful. A disorganised, heartless conclusion allowed the Spurs to run riot. Hull will not face opponents like this in the Championship, but the closing stages were inexcusable. Without a hint of exaggeration, it could have been double figures had it not been for some key saves from David Marshall. This performance had all the makings of a team about to be dismantled this summer.
Manager rating out of 10
5 -- The reception given to Silva suggested no supporter was holding it against him but, like his players, he made mistakes in this grim defeat. Wing-backs were exposed with ridiculous ease.
Player ratings (1-10, 10=best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK David Marshall, 5 -- Recalled to the side ahead of Eldin Jakupovic, he is the man to thank for keeping the score from reaching double figures. Twice denied Son Heung-Min, as well as Deli Alli, but his save to keep out Christian Eriksen was the best.
DF Andrea Ranocchia, 3 -- Will not be seen again at the KCOM Stadium and was given a torrid farewell thanks to Harry Kane. Never looked comfortable against that physicality and movement.
DF Michael Dawson, 3 -- Will not cherish a reunion with his former club, embarrassed at the heart of a defence that conceded seven goals. No amount of appreciation from the visiting fans could help.
DF Curtis Davies, 4 -- Was back in defence ahead of a return to the Championship and again the unfortunate fall guy when hooked at half-time. It could have been any of City's defenders with Tottenham leading 3-0.
MF Omar Elabdellaoui, 3 -- Was ushered back into the team for the first time in March but he must have wished his manager had left him out. He was terrorised by Son's movement and always looked flustered.
MF Tom Huddlestone, 4 -- Unfortunate to have missed most of the run-in but he could not stop the rot when recalled. Tottenham's midfield was slick and inventive, always leaving their former employee in the shade.
MF Alfred N'Diaye, 2 -- N'Diaye was at fault for the first, fourth and fifth goals, and his performance underscored what an ordinary loan spell this has been for the midfielder. He chased shadows for long periods of the game and never got close to Tottenham.
MF Sam Clucas, 5 -- Clucas tarted and finished City's consolation when robbing possession and then finished off from Oumar Niasse's lay-off. He deserved credit for his application but the Spurs' midfield always had the upper hand.
MF Josh Tymon, 4 -- Caught out by Eric Dier's floated pass for the second goal and then in possession for Tottenham's fifth for Kane. A tough lesson for the youngster to learn at left wing-back on the eve of his 18th birthday.
FW Jarrod Bowen, 5 -- A full Premier League debut will never be forgotten, even if the score made sure it was all for the wrong reasons. The youngster was fearless and inventive before his second-half withdrawal.
FW Oumar Niasse, 4 -- The striker's last appearance of an erratic loan spell brought an assist for Clucas' goal but only after he had made a mess of things in the build-up to Tottenham's third. Not alone but not good enough.
MF Kamil Grosicki, 5 -- A second-half introduction brought plenty of promise and a role in City's goal but he soon faded away.
MF Ahmed Elmohamady, n/a -- Lazy defending for Tottenham's seventh goal, unaware of the man on his shoulder.
DF Andy Robertson, n/a -- Potentially his last appearance for City and certainly not a deserving way to go.
Philip Buckingham is ESPN FC's Hull City blogger. Follow him on Twitter: @PJBuckingham.