Osaze’s Club Confirm Fulham’s Relegation

Just as the race for the EPL title is getting tougher with the return of Manchester City to the summit on Saturday, Fulham and Cardiff City were both relegated after defeats in their penultimate games of the season left them unable to reach safety.
Nigerian striker, Osaze Odemwingie scored one of the goals, which saw Fulham’s 13-year run in the English top flight ended by a 4-1 defeat at Stoke City, while Cardiff went straight back down to the Championship following a 3-0 loss at Newcastle United. Both sides’ fates were sealed by fourth-bottom Sunderland’s unexpected 1-0 win at Manchester United, which took Gus Poyet’s side four points above Fulham and five points clear of bottom club Cardiff.
Osaze, Marko Arnautovic, Oussama Assaidi and Jonathan Walters scored the goals that accounted for Fulham at the Britannia Stadium, with Kieran Richardson replying in vain for the visitors.
“I’ve never been relegated until today”, Fulham Manager Felix Magath said. “I feel very sad. I have to apologise for not managing the situation. The club asked me to come. I tried”.
Goals from Newcastle trio Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy and Steven Taylor sent Cardiff back to the second tier just a year after their promotion from the Championship.
“The realisation that we’re down is one of the most bitter disappointments of both mine and many of the players’ careers”, Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.
Sunderland will effectively be safe if third-bottom Norwich City lose at Chelsea on Sunday after Sebastian Larsson’s 30th-minute goal at Old Trafford condemned United to their 12th league defeat of the season.
“I feel flat,” interim United manager Ryan Giggs said, whose side have lost seven home league games for the first time since they were relegated to the old Division Two in 1974.
“The players were flat and I don’t know why. We’ve had a problem at home all season. It’s not been good enough.”
United’s defeat means that Tottenham Hotspur need only a point to secure sixth place, and with it UEFA Europa League qualification, despite having lost 2-0 at West Ham United earlier in the day.
-Source: fifa.


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