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Mathematically there was still the remotest of possibilities that Hull City could have remained in the Premier League for a third season prior to today’s bank holiday game against Wigan Athletic. It took 94 minutes but Wigan were able to eke out the draw that officially confirms Hull’s exit from the top flight in a 2-2 final at the DW Stadium. Steve Gohouri (pictured) scored the match-winner in extra-time as the Latics came from behind to earn a point after initially leading from Victor Moses in the first half. In between, Hull scored from Will Atkinson and Mark Cullen and appeared ready to earn a rare away victory. But Gohouri’s late equalizer does the Premier League the favor of not wasting another week pretending that Hull might possibly make up a 22-goal difference in differential and remain in the top flight. Wigan are of course more importantly playing Chelsea next weekend in the match that will determine who wins the Premier League. Hull can begin preparing their acceptance speech for their impending parachute payments and look downward to the Championship.

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