Portsmouth were officially relegated today when West Ham United defeated Sunderland at Upton Park. Mathematically Pompey are now unable to catch up to seventeenth place. Obviously the nine-point penalty for administration has caused relegation to come sooner than the end of the season, but even without the penalty, Pompey would still be in last place. Replacing Portsmouth in the top flight next year will be West Bromich Albion who earned the second automatic promotion from the Championship with a 3-2 away victory at Doncaster Rovers. The Baggies join Newcastle United who won promotion earlier this week. Both clubs were in the Premier League just one year ago. Portsmouth will now likely be joined by Hull City and Burnley, though that obviously isn’t final just yet. A four-team playoff will determine the third and final promoted club from the Championship.


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