Birmingham and Blackpool have been relegated from the English Premier League in the last game of the season. Blackpool always had the tougher task, facing off against Manchester United at Old Trafford, whereas Birmingham were hosted by Tottenham. This means Wigan, Blackburn and Wolves were saved from the drop.
Blackburn were hosted by Wolves, while Wigan had to travel to Stoke in order to fight their way from the drop zone. Although Wolves were beaten 3-2 by Blackburn, it was still enough to stay up, as Blackpool and Birmingham (who were below them) failed to get a point.
Wigan, who were at the time second from bottom, needed a win to ensure safety (due to goal difference). And it was Rodallega who scored for their survival, with 400 jubilant fans there to witness it. The '76th minute goal ensured another season of Premier League football awaited them.
Blackpool had the harder task, and were soon down a goal in the 21st minute, courtesy of Ji Sung Park. However, the Seasider's talisman Charlie Adams levelled the scored to 1-1, and by this time they were out of the relegation zone at half time. They then miraculously went 2-1 up, and it seemed that Blackpool COULD have gotten a point. However, THREE defensive blunders allowed Andison, Owen, and an own goal by Evatt, to give Man Utd a 4-2 win, even with a weakened side.
Birmingham went down a goal too, this time at the start of the interval. It seemed to have been a tough day, until Gardner pulled a goal back, and with Wolves with a worse goal difference, the Brummies were out of the relegation zone. However, Pavlyuchenko piled on the misery and scored an injury time goal to seal the fate of the ill-prepared Birmingham.
So, Goodbye West Ham, Blackpool and Birmingham; hello QPR, Norwich and either Swansea or Reading. The three relegated teams may struggle to make an impact in the Championship, but it's sure that the newly promoted ones will struggle more.
Football League season 2010/11 ends, but the transfer gossip has now begun.
It's been a thrilling and long season, and next year will be the same.
Thanks for reading.