Realistically only a victory would have kept survival hopes alive going into the final weekend of the season, but the Tigers were thrashed 4-0 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park as all hope was extinguished.
A goal down inside three minutes, a difficult afternoon gradually got worse for Marco Silva’s side as they were well beaten.
With Lazar Markovic and Abel Hernandez missing through injury, Silva made two enforced changes to his side. Michael Dawson and Evandro came into the starting eleven, while Omar Elabdellaoui and Curtis Davies took places on the bench. Jarrod Bowen also came into the squad on the bench, taking the place of Markus Henriksen.
The Tigers had a mountain to climb inside three minutes. A fresh-air kick from Andrea Ranocchia allowed Wilfried Zaha through on goal and he made no mistake in slotting the ball past Eldin Jakupovic.
Palace were almost two up with just ten minutes on the clock when a Jason Puncheon corner was met at the far post by James Tomkins who saw a looping header drop just wide.
In a game they needed to win, Silva’s men were offering very little in the attacking third of the field and even when they did make advances, a lack of quality saw possession easily turned over.
Alfred N’Diaye had the Tigers’ first meaningful shot of the afternoon, but he blasted over the bar from 25 yards.
It was little surprise when Palace doubled their lead 11 minutes before the break. Puncheon delivered a corner into the six-yard box and Christian Benteke got above Harry Maguire to head into the net.
Yellow cards were exchanged after that, Yohan Cabaye booked for a challenge on Oumar Niasse and Andy Robertson cautioned for a foul on Zaha. Puncheon was also then booked for bringing down N’Diaye.
The Tigers maybe should have had a penalty before half time when a Kamil Grosicki free kick appeared to strike the arm of a defender in the wall, but overall the away side could have few complaints with the scoreline at the interval.
Silva made a double change at half time, bringing on Shaun Maloney and Bowen for Robertson and Ranocchia.
And they were forced into a third and final change five minutes after half time when Maguire was injured in a challenge with Benteke. Davies was his replacement.
Maloney almost got on the end of Grosicki’s cross as the Tigers showed more attacking intent, with Grosicki then curling a shot well wide as he took advantage of some hesitant play in the home defence.
Sam Clucas saw a promising volley well blocked before a good chance came the way of Bowen, but he got his feet all wrong and ended up directing the ball back into the middle rather than towards goal.
Benteke blasted high and wide at the other end before Palace were awarded a penalty six minutes from time. Dawson’s challenge on Jeffrey Schlupp saw referee Martin Atkinson point to the spot and Luka Milivojevic sent Jakupovic the wrong way to make it 3-0.
It was soon 4-0. Palace found themselves with men over and when the ball was played to substitute Patrick van Aanholt he applied a low finish from close range.
The full time whistle then brought confirmation. Next Sunday’s home game against Tottenham Hotspur will be the last of this, a third venture into the Premier League.
Crystal Palace: Wayne Hennessey, Joel Ward, James Tomkins (Damien Delaney 85), Yohan Cabaye (James McArthur 62), Andros Townsend (Patrick van Aanholt 75), Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke, Luka Milivojevic, Jeffrey Schlupp. Martin Kelly, Jason Puncheon.
Subs Not Used: Julian Speroni, Mathieu Flamini, Fraizer Campbell, Bakary Sako.
Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Harry Maguire (Curtis Davies 50), Michael Dawson, Andrea Ranocchia (Jarrod Bowen 46), Andy Robertson (Shaun Maloney 46), Alfred N’Diaye, Sam Clucas, Ahmed Elmohamady, Kamil Grosicki, Evandro, Oumar Niasse.
Subs Not Used: David Marshall, Tom Huddlestone, Omar Elabdellaoui, Dieumerci Mbokani.
Referee: Mr M. Atkinson.