Hull City were on the end of their heaviest ever Premier League defeat as the 2016/17 season ended with a 7-1 thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur.
3-0 down by half time, Sam Clucas pulled a goal back for the Tigers but it only served to sting Spurs back into life as they ran away with the game, Harry Kane completing a hat-trick in the process.
Marco Silva made six changes to his side with David Marshall, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone and Omar Elabdellaoui coming into the starting eleven. Youngsters Josh Tymon and Jarrod Bowen also started, with Development Squad members Dan Batty and Greg Olley are also included.
The changes meant a 3-5-2 system with Elabdellaoui and Tymon playing as wing backs and Bowen supporting Oumar Niasse in attack.
There was plenty of vocal support for Silva from the home crowd as the game got underway and the players seemed to respond with a decent opening, Niasse firing wide from 20 yards with the first meaningful shot of the afternoon.
However, the game was as good as dead with 13 minutes of the clock. First, Christian Eriksen passed inside for Kane to fire a low shot into the net from 20 yards to make it 1-0 before Kane doubled his tally with a tap-in from six yards after Kieran Trippier had squared from the right.
Kane probably should have completed his hat-trick inside 15 minutes but he fired wide of the far post when well placed inside the box.
Marshall made a save to deny Heung-Min Son as the game moved towards half time, Son’s effort rounding off a delightful move from Spurs, before Marshall was in the right place to keep out Eric Dier’s unmarked header.
Spurs added a third goal in added time at the end of the first half. Niasse lost the ball just inside his own half, allowing the visitors to launch an attack which saw them outnumber their opponents and when the ball was worked for Dele Alli he applied a neat finish from inside the box.
Silva made one change at the break, with Kamil Grosicki replacing Davies.
It made little difference as Spurs continued to enjoy their end-of-season stroll in the East Yorkshire sunshine. Marshall did well to keep out Son’s close-range effort before Kane just failed to get his head on the end of Eriksen’s free kick.
The Tigers did go close to pulling a goal back, though, when Niasse burst down the right before crossing to the near post where Clucas was just beaten to the ball by a defender.
Niasse then fired just over the bar from 18 yards as the home side began to look a little livelier in attack.
Grosicki brought a good save out of Hugo Lloris with a low shot from 18 yards and Tom Huddlestone was also kept out by the goalkeeper before the Tigers did pull a goal back when Niasse set up Clucas for a deflected shot into the bottom corner of the net.
Marshall made fine saves to deny Alli and Eriksen at the other end, but Spurs soon restored their three-goal advantage as Victor Wanyama headed in at the far post. Replays showed that he was in an offside position, but the assistant referee failed to spot it.
It was soon 5-1. Poor play from Tymon saw possession surrendered and the ball played through to Kane who completed his hat-trick with ease.
Marshall did well to deny Tottenham substitute Moussa Sissoko but could do little to keep out a powerful drive from Ben Davies to make it 6-1 six minutes from time.
Spurs kept on dishing out the punishment. A seventh goal arrived soon after as Toby Alderweireld was given so much space to convert a cross at the far post.
That was the end of the embarrassment. Just one minute of time was added before time was called on the Tigers’ Premier League journey.
Hull City: David Marshall, Omar Elabdellaoui, Andrea Ranocchia, Michael Dawson, Curtis Davies (Kamil Grosicki 46), Josh Tymon (Andy Robertson 73), Alfred N’Diaye, Tom Huddlestone, Sam Clucas, Jarrod Bowen (Ahmed Elmohamady 73), Oumar Niasse.
Subs Not Used: Eldin Jakupovic, Dieumerci Mbokani, Dan Batty, Greg Olley.
Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane (Vincent Janssen 79), Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier (Moussa Dembele 73), Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli (Moussa Sissoko 73), Christian Eriksen, Ben Davies.
Subs Not Used: Michel Vorm, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Kevin Wimmer, Filip Lesniak.
Referee: Mr A. Marriner.