Newcastle, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Second-half goals from Moussa Sissoko and Jonas Gutierrez kept Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday as the club recorded a 2-0 win over West Ham at St James' Park.
The Magpies entered the final day in terrible form having earned just one point from their last 10 games. That run left the club two points clear of Hull City in the fight to avoid the relegation, but John Carver's men conjured up the kind of performance they needed to survive on Sunday, keeping Hull in the bottom three.
Newcastle came out with a clear intent on staying up and the hosts were the much more dangerous side in the first half as Emmanuel Riviere went close with a shot in the sixth minutes while Daryl Janmaat threatened the West Ham net multiple times with strong long-range efforts.
West Ham failed to get going in the offensive third, and Newcastle finally broke the deadlock in the 54th minute when a cross Gutierrez was delivered to the middle of the penalty area for Sissoko to head into the bottom right corner.
The goal caused a huge sigh of relief around the stadium, and the hosts continued to push for a second goal, which came five minutes from time to ensure the team a place in the Premier League next season.
Jack Colback fed a pass to Gutierrez on the right and he unleashed a low drive that took a slight deflection on its way past goalkeeper Adrian.
The Newcastle win meant that Hull was relegated regardless of their result against Manchester United, which ended in a 0-0 draw at the KC Stadium.
Chelsea capped their title-winning season with a 3-1 victory over Sunderland as Loic Remy scored twice in the final 20 minutes, while last season's champions, Manchester City, finish in second place after a 2-0 win over Southampton courtesy of goals from Frank Lampard and Sergio Aguero.
Arsenal notched a 4-1 win over West Bromwich to seal third place as Theo Walcott scored a first-half hat trick, while Steven Gerrard's final match for Liverpool ended in a 6-1 defeat at Stoke City, with Gerrard scoring the lone goal for the Reds.
Relegated Burnley topped Aston Villa, 1-0, with a goal from Danny Ings, Marouane Chamakh's second-half tally helped Crystal Palace down Swansea City, 1-0, Tottenham edged Everton, 1-0, with a goal from Harry Kane, while Leicester City hammered last-place QPR, 5-1.