Hull City's relegation from the Premier League was a bitter pill to swallow 12 months after reaching the FA Cup final and European football for the first time.
The standout performers were few and far between within an underachieving group of players, as too many fell short of the standards set in the previous season. Not enough could claim to have enjoyed the campaign, a telling reflection of the club's fortunes.
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Any win over Liverpool is special, as were the draws away to Arsenal and Manchester City, but the best part of a deflating season for many supporters was the flirtation with European football last summer. Hull City failed to advance beyond the qualification process, but those nights in the Europa League were special....
As the dust settles on another Premier League season, it is time to reflect on the campaign and how it went for each club. Was it a success or failure? We asked our Premier League bloggers to assess their season in a sentence.
Worthy champions from start to finish -- "boring" is just a jealous state of mind.
2. Manchester City
Taken to the cleaners by Arsenal in the Community Shield, ill-prepared City did not heed that wake up call and suffered for most of the season.
HULL, England -- Three quick thoughts from Hull's 0-0 draw with Manchester United at the KC Stadium on Sunday, a result that ensures the Tigers' relegation.
1. Toothless Hull go down fighting
Transistor radios and smartphones were tuned in, fans hopeful of positive tidings from Newcastle. Perhaps a Hull goal could provoke panic on Tyneside, but such a moment never came. Without it went any chance of survival.
Each Hull attack was roared on, right from the first-minute header that Nikica...
And then there was just one. Hull City have watched on enviously this month as sides have made their excuses and left the Premier League relegation fight -- West Brom, Aston Villa, Leicester and now Sunderland.
All that remains is Newcastle United, the last team that can possibly save the Tigers' skin.
Steve Bruce and his players are in an almighty pickle as the final day of the season looms large. Two points adrift of safety after three consecutive defeats, anything less than a victory against...
It's now a two-horse race to avoid the final relegation place in the Premier League as we approach the final weekend.
Burnley and Queens Park Rangers have already been relegated, while results on Saturday ensured that both Aston Villa and Leicester City will be playing top-flight football next season.
Then the boos rang out at the Emirates on Wednesday, but it wasn't from the away end as Sunderland produced heroics against one of the Premier League's big boys in the run-in for a second successive...