On a day where everything at the top of the Premier League table was decided, all eyes were on the relegation scrap. Hull City started the day in the drop-zone and needed to beat Manchester United at home and Newcastle the be held by West Ham in order to retain their Premier League status.
The first headlines were made pre-game at St James’ park, when much maligned owner Mike Ashley claimed that he would not sell the club until he “won something”.
On the pitch, the Newcastle players put in their best performance in months. A header from Moussa Sissoko and a long range strike from Jonas Gutierrez, who has recently undergone cancer treatment, ensured the Magpies would remained a Premier League side.
Meanwhile, Hull battled to a 0-0 draw with the Red Devils. Newcastle’s result meant that even if their two disallowed goals had stood it would not have been enough to save the Tigers.
Here’s how social media reacted to the battle for survival:
There was some sympathy for relegated Hull City:
Told by many how brilliant the fans of @HullCity were today. Tough day but be proud. We will be back!
— Rob Palmer (@robbopalmer) May 24, 2015
It's unfortunate that we won't be seeing Hull City play Premier League football next season.
— Ashleigh (@AshVsDarkness) May 24, 2015
— Nick Hyde (@nickmhyde) May 24, 2015
John Carver was a hot topic of debate:
Go on Mike Ashley, please make John Carver permanent manager #MOTD
— Daniel Earley (@DanielEarley) May 24, 2015
Most, however, haven’t been impressed by the “best coach in the league”:
John Carver didn't keep Newcastle up. Alan Pardew did.
— Jack Meredith (@JackEMeredith) May 24, 2015
There was some difference in reaction to Mike Ashley’s interview:
Actually impressed by mike Ashley's interview, about time he did something? Let's see what happens from here
— dave benn (@davebenn16) May 24, 2015
How the fuck does that fat prick #MikeAshley expect to win a trophy with no investment and an aversion to extended runs in the domestic cups
— Fakhrul (@supernaturalbro) May 24, 2015
What I'd give to see Mike Ashley choke himself to death with a Sports Direct plastic bag!!
— A? (@ajfletch95) May 24, 2015
Last but not least, Jonas Gutierrez’s goal was possibly the most heart-warming story of the season:
Gutierrez has not only come back after beating cancer but has been the one driving the team on in their time of need. A true inspiration.
— JP Quinn (@AttackingCB) May 24, 2015
Jonas Gutierrez, give that man a knighthood
— Max (@maxcarr1) May 24, 2015
People talk about bravery in football but Jonas Gutierrez typifies that, he was battling cancer last year, he's now kept Newcastle in the PL
— Mugwanya Abel (@Mugwanyaabel) May 24, 2015