Hull City Failing to Churn Relegation Cream into Butter

You saw Catch Me if You Can, right? Click here for a refresher on the “two little mice” story. Gentlemen, as of this moment, Hull City is not that second mouse.

It’s not that they’ve quit, or haven’t struggled hard, but after yesterday’s 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa, the Tigers are thisclose to drowning—three points below safety with three games to play.

U.S. keeper Brad Friedel made four saves to get the shutout for Villa, while his fellow Yank, Hull striker Jozy Altidore, came on in the 55th minute for injured Name Hall of Famer Jan Venegoor of Hesselink.

Hull hosts Sunderland this Saturday, while Jonathan Spector and West Ham, who are three points above the Tigers in the standings, welcome Wigan Athletic, fresh from an incredible comeback that killed Arsenal’s title chances last week.

(The Latics were down 2-0 in the 80th minute, then ripped off three goals. Click here for the techno-highlights.)

The win over Hull bumped Aston Villa into sixth place, two points ahead of Liverpool and three points behind Tottenham in the final Champions League spot.

In the You May Have Heard category, Tottenham knocked off Chelsea 2-1 last week on goals by Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale (side note: ‘Gareth’ is to English soccer League what ‘Dale’ is to American stock-car racing; discuss amongst yourselves).

That result, combined with Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Man City earlier in the day, tightened things back up at the top of the table: Chelsea leads the Red Devils by one point with three games to play.

Paul Scholes hit the stoppage time winner for Man U in that one, then got a bit more than he bargained for in Gary Neville’s congratulations:

Not that there’s anything wrong with that….

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