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‘It is theatre’: Inside the emotional chaos of a final-day Premier League relegation battle

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When players talk about the anguish of a final-day relegation battle, one of the main memories that most recall is the unsettling sense of quiet.

That isn’t when the final whistle goes, and reality sinks in. It is actually during the chaos, when something happens at another game, and the news seeps through to the crowd.

The players realise something big has changed. It affects performance.“The atmosphere and pressure is palpable,” says Gareth Farrelly, who was the decisive figure in one of the Premier League’s most famous final days 25 years ago.This may yet be the decisive factor on Sunday.Because, although there are three clubs vying for one place, the general feeling in the game is that it is only going one way.

An Everton win is guaranteed to keep them up, and they probably have the most forgiving fixture in terms of playing a recently safe mid-table in Bournemouth.

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