It was still mathematically possible for any one of the five teams to join Burnley and QPR on their way to the Championship, but the Saturday's round of fixtures would go a long way to deciding their fate.
With Villa losing to Southampton 6-1 in the day’s early kick-off, Tim Sherwood’s men would have been nervously watching on as the rest of the Premier League’s strugglers battled it out.
Fortunately for the Villans, Hull were downed 2-0 at Spurs and thus ensured their safety along with Leicester, who managed to complete the great escape with a 0-0 draw at Sunderland.
The result leaves the Black Cats and Newcastle – who lost 2-1 at QPR – still in danger of going down, although Pearce feels the duo will be OK by predicting Hull’s failure to win next weekend.
"We've been sat here watching that game seeing Hull create chances and then the sucker punch has come and Tottenham have scored on the counter. If Hull lose here, I can't see them winning their last game. Heads will go down,” the former Forest boss explained.
Do Hull City face mission impossible?
With only one game remaining, Hull City must win their remaining match with United at the KC stadium and hope for results to fall their way elsewhere.
One positive Steve Bruce can take is that a better goal difference means his side can draw level with Newcastle or Sunderland and climb above them, but confidence will have been drained from Saturday’s match.
They had plenty of chances to get their noses in front against Spurs, but equally in their 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley a lack of sharpness in the final third ultimately let them down.
Sunderland know one point from their upcoming trips to Arsenal and Chelsea will suffice, whereas Newcastle end the season at home to West Ham, with a victory enough to preserve their top-flight status.