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Huddersfield Town Relegated From The Premier League

Huddersfield Town Relegated From The Premier League

Huddersfield Town became the first team relegated in the top four tiers of English football this season with their loss to Crystal Palace sealing their demotion from the Premier League to the Championship.

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For quite some time Huddersfield Town's relegation from the Premier League has seemed inevitable after a season that has seen them win just three times in the first 31 games of the season.

They went into the 32nd game of the season, an away tie against Crystal Palace, knowing that a loss could see them officially sent down to the Championship if Burnley and Southampton won their games.

The part of the equation that looked least likely was Burnley beating Wolves but Conor Coady scored an own goal after just two minutes and Sean Dyche's side doubled their lead through Dwight McNeill after 77 minutes.

Southampton took a 53rd minute lead against Brighton through Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg meaning a Palace win would send Huddersfield down.

The Terriers were holding on but a Luka Milivojevic penalty and Patrick van Aanholt goal in the final 15 minutes confirmed the Yorkshire sides fate.

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The confirmation of relegation means that Jan Siewert's team have equalled the record set by Derby County for being only the second team in the league's history relegated with six games still to go of the season.

Derby were also the only other team to be relegated before the end of March when they finished the season with a record low 11 points, when they won just one game.

It's the end of the line for Huddersfield. Image: PA Images
It's the end of the line for Huddersfield. Image: PA Images

David Wagner brought Huddersfield up into England's top tier in 2017. He led them into a surprise spot in the play-offs and they beat Sheffield Wednesday and Reading, both on penalties, on the way to promotion.

They finished four points above the drop zone in their first season in the Premier League but they have been very poor this season and Wagner left in January.

Siewert was unable to turn the tables round and they will be back in the Championship next season, it feels like they will find a return to the Premier League hard to come by.

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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