12 Apr 2010

Pompey go down, West Brom coming up

12:36 pm on 12 April 2010

Debt-ravaged Portsmouth have bowed to the inevitable and been relegated from English football's Premier League on the eve of their FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur.

The south coast club went down without kicking a ball on the day, their slim hopes of survival snuffed out by West Ham beating Sunderland 1-0.

In the only other Premier League match, Burnley trounced Hull City 4-1 in a battle between the two sides most likely to follow Portsmouth down to the Championship.

West Bromwich Albion have joined Newcastle in securing a swift return to the Premier League after Albion beat Doncaster Rovers 3-2 to seal the other automatic promotion slot.