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Crystal Palace 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

Wilfried Zaha
The impressive Wilfried Zaha scored the opener to take his goal tally for the season to nine

Crystal Palace's final-day victory over West Brom was "tinged with sadness" for Eagles boss Roy Hodgson as his former side finished bottom of the Premier League.

The game was dominated by the hosts, who ensured safety with victory over Stoke last week, but they were frustrated for long spells before Wilfried Zaha opened the scoring on 70 minutes, clipping in from Patrick van Aanholt's cross.

Van Aanholt added a second soon after, rounding goalkeeper Ben Foster after a deft passing move on the edge of the West Brom area.

Palace lost their opening seven games this season without scoring but finish 11th after an impressive revival under Hodgson, who led the Baggies from February 2011 to May 2012.

"It's a day that is tinged with sadness because I'm really sad to see West Brom go down," he told BBC Sport.

"They are a very good club with fantastic fans - at the start of the season I couldn't dream that West Brom would be one of the teams to go down.

"Our success is to their detriment to some extent. I spare a thought for them and their players, especially the ones I worked with."

West Brom were relegated on Tuesday after Southampton beat Swansea but have been resurgent under caretaker boss Darren Moore, with this their only defeat in his six matches in charge.

"It's been an end of the season where pride has been restored when it could've been terrible," said Moore, who replaced the sacked Alan Pardew last month.

"We achieved some great results and pulled back a points deficit to give us a glimmer of hope, but when it was confirmed, all that was hard to take - there was definitely a hangover from that. We just ran out of steam."

Palace cap stunning turnaround

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Palace boss Hodgson 'delighted to finish on high'

After seven games of the season, Palace were not just bottom of the table but pointless, goalless and had already sacked Frank de Boer.

Hodgson has overseen a stirring turnaround, with the ex-England manager the subject of warm applause and chants from both the home crowd and supporters of former side West Brom.

This victory underlined the nature of that reversal - Palace were organised in defence, comfortable keeping hold of the ball and moving it quickly, all while exploiting the pace and skill of Zaha in attack.

The Ivory Coast forward formed a dangerous combination with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Van Aanholt down the left to finally break down the Baggies, the former sliding in the left-back to cut the ball back across for Zaha to guide home.

Yohan Cabaye then sparked a sequence of first-time passes on the edge of the area to play in Van Aanholt, whose strike was confirmed by goalline technology when it was cleared after crossing the line. Two excellent goals and the end-of-season celebrations could start at Selhurst Park.

Those celebrations extended to Palace defender Pape Souare, who came on as a substitute to make his first appearance since a horrific car crash in September 2016 that threatened to end his career.

Instead of relegation, Palace are now disappointed to miss out on a top-10 finish after Newcastle's 3-0 victory over Chelsea, a mark of how far they have come under Hodgson, who has enjoyed redemption after England's chastening Euro 2016 exit.

The challenge will be how Hodgson takes this club forward, and whether they can hang on to Zaha.

Do West Brom want Moore?

The Baggies were 10th after seven games but end their eight-year stay in the top flight by finishing bottom following this result and Stoke's victory over fellow relegated side Swansea.

Unlike Palace, their managerial changes did not work out. Tony Pulis was sacked in November, followed by Pardew's ill-fated spell that ended last month and may be most memorable for the taxi incident during a training camp in Barcelona in February.

But then Moore took over and raised hope of an escape that would have been as dramatic as the Baggies' brilliant achievement in 2004-05, only for relegation to be confirmed on Tuesday.

Once again, West Brom were stubborn and well organised but struggled to create, with Grzegorz Krychowiak going closest when he dragged a volley just wide.

But will the Baggies make Moore's role permanent or opt for a more experienced manager in the Championship?

Moore himself would not be drawn, telling BBC Sport: "It would be unfair to speak about my future now but I will be part of any process going forward."

Motty's farewell

Palace boss Roy Hodgson and BBC commentator John Motson
Roy Hodgson presented John Motson with gifts to mark the legendary commentator's final Match of the Day game

This game was the final Match of the Day commentary by the legendary John Motson, who is retiring after 50 years with the BBC.

'Motty' was invited onto the pitch after full-time and applauded by the fans before Hodgson presented him with a framed copy of the programme from his first and last matches at Selhurst Park and a crystal microphone.

"It's been a fantastic day - I've always had a nice reception at Selhurst Park but this has been terrific," said Motson.

"I've had people running up to me for autographs, I really didn't expect it. I've had a great reception everywhere this season but I've not been received with quite the enthusiasm I've had here at Selhurst Park."

BBC Two will dedicate an evening of shows to the 72-year-old next Saturday - FA Cup final day.

Man of the match - Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Wilfried Zaha
Palace's player of the season and a massive part of their revival, Wilfried Zaha put in another fine display against West Brom, scoring the opening goal

'A hurdle too far' - match reaction

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson: "We've really been safe for a couple of weeks now and were playing an already relegated side so this could've degenerated to a keep-ball session but you couldn't accuse us of that.

"We've worked hard to get this team playing this way so it would be a shame to see that go out of the window. I'm hoping we get reinforcements as it will be exciting to keep the bulk of this team together and add to it.

"I understand people coveting our players like Wilfried Zaha but he loves playing for the club, he's a Croydon boy and I don't think he's going to jump at the first opportunity."

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Baggies 'ran out of steam' after being relegated - Moore

West Brom caretaker boss Darren Moore: "It was disappointing. Mentally, this was a hurdle too far. Everyone has done really well over the last five weeks but this was a tough ask against a quality team.

"We lick our wounds, get to the summer and start the rebuilding process."

West Brom hit bottom for 10th time - stats

  • West Brom have finished bottom of the top flight for a record 10th season and the second time in the Premier League era (also 2008-09).
  • Palace won three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since April 2017.
  • Zaha has been involved in six goals in his past six Premier League games (5 goals, 1 assist).
  • Van Aanholt has scored five goals in his past 10 Premier League games, and scored and assisted in the same Premier League game for the first time.
  • The Baggies won none of their 17 Premier League games when they conceded first this season (D2 L15).
  • Moore suffered defeat as West Brom manager for the first time in his sixth match (W3 D2 L1).

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 13Hennessey
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 5TomkinsBooked at 48mins
  • 12Sakho
  • 3van AanholtSubstituted forSouaréat 82'minutes
  • 18McArthurBooked at 68minsSubstituted forBentekeat 68'minutes
  • 7Cabaye
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 8Loftus-Cheek
  • 10TownsendSubstituted forLeeat 85'minutes
  • 11Zaha

Substitutes

  • 1Speroni
  • 14Lee
  • 15Schlupp
  • 17Benteke
  • 23Souaré
  • 34Kelly
  • 44Riedewald

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 2Nyom
  • 25DawsonBooked at 55mins
  • 26Hegazi
  • 3GibbsBooked at 81mins
  • 19RodriguezSubstituted forSturridgeat 73'minutes
  • 8Livermore
  • 11BruntBooked at 45mins
  • 14McClean
  • 20KrychowiakSubstituted forChadliat 62'minutes
  • 9RondónSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 13Myhill
  • 15Sturridge
  • 17Burke
  • 22Chadli
  • 23McAuley
  • 45Leko
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
25,357

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 2, West Bromwich Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 2, West Bromwich Albion 0.

Foul by Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).

Daniel Sturridge (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Lee Chung-yong replaces Andros Townsend.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Pape Souaré replaces Patrick van Aanholt.

Booking

Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt saved. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge.

Attempt blocked. Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 2, West Bromwich Albion 0. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross.

Hand ball by Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Daniel Sturridge replaces Jay Rodriguez.

Attempt missed. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Salomón Rondón.

Offside, Crystal Palace. Andros Townsend tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 1, West Bromwich Albion 0. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke replaces James McArthur.

Booking

James McArthur (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

James McArthur (Crystal Palace) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Nacer Chadli replaces Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha following a fast break.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt.

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Brunt.

Attempt saved. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ahmed Hegazi.

goal

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