Burnley are relegated after just one season in the Barclays Premier League - and they may just drag Hull down with them after a 1-0 win at the KC Stadium.
Danny Ings’ 10th goal of the season – Burnley’s first in more than 10 hours - earned them a fifth successive away win over the Tigers but it was not enough to save them from the drop after Sunderland and Leicester secured victories and Newcastle claimed a precious point.
It was Burnley’s first win since March but they are seven points from safety with just two matches left and Ings admitted they have paid the price for their recent goal drought.
“The lads were unbelievable today,” Ings told Sky Sports. “The fight in the team was phenomenal from start to finish. I thought we were the stronger team and played some great stuff but it’s come a little too late.
“Obviously the goals dried up towards the end of the season but the lads are fighting until the end and I’m extremely proud of them.”
Ings scored after a rebound on 62 minutes and Ashley Barnes almost doubled the lead only to have his goal disallowed for a foul on Steve Harper, while Robbie Brady was twice denied by the crossbar as Hull battled to the end.
The Tigers, who have still never won a Premier League game in May and have failed to score in 15 of their last 28 matches, dropped into the relegation zone and look set join Burnley in the Championship with games against Tottenham and Manchester United to come.
Burnley’s win meant QPR drop to the bottom of the table and they will also be relegated if they fail to win at Manchester City.
Leicester continued their remarkable march towards safety with a 2-0 win over Southampton at the King Power Stadium.
Riyad Mahrez enhanced his growing reputation by scoring both goals as Nigel Pearson, this week named manager of the month for April, celebrated a sixth victory in seven matches.
A fourth straight away defeat looks to have finally ended Southampton’s hopes of catching Liverpool in fifth spot.
Ayoze Perez ended Newcastle’s eight-game losing streak as they picked up their first league point since February in a 1-1 draw with West Brom at St James’ Park.
The Magpies had briefly slipped into the bottom three when Victor Anichebe headed home Craig Gardner’s 32nd-minute free-kick, but Perez levelled four minutes before the break with a sweetly-struck shot to hand head coach John Carver a little respite.
However, the home fans among a crowd of 47,894 left the stadium knowing there is still work to be done if their team is to avoid the drop with a trip to QPR next weekend and a final-day clash with West Ham on Tyneside to come.
Tom Cleverley handed Aston Villa a massive survival boost as they hung on to beat West Ham 1-0 and held onto 14th place in the table.
The midfielder scored his third goal in three games to move Villa four points clear of the drop zone in a pulsating relegation scrap.
Tottenham’s Champions League hopes were extinguished in embarrassing fashion as they suffered their heaviest defeat to Stoke in 80 years.
Charlie Adam rammed the abuse he received from the travelling fans right back down their throats with a close-range header and Steven Nzonzi made it 2-0 before Vlad Chiriches was sent off for a second yellow card.
Spurs had won four of their previous five league matches at the Britannia Stadium but their misery was complete when Mame Diouf rounded off the very one-sided 3-0 hammering late on.