Stoke City’s decade-long stay in the Premier League has officially come to an end.
Paul Lambert’s side were relegated from the Premier League after crashing to a 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Stoke side are second bottom, three points from safety, with only one game remaining.
With fourth-bottom Swansea and third-bottom Southampton playing either other in midweek, it is impossible for Stoke to collect enough points to avoid slipping into the Championship.
At half time the outlook was looking a bit better for the hosts, as Xherdan Shaqiri’s fine free kick had Stoke going in at the break 1-0 up – a result that would have seen West Brom relegated had it come to fruition.
However, Palace rallied after the break, and were level midway through the second half courtesy of James McArthur.
A mistake by captain Ryan Shawcross, so often the hero for Stoke down the years, played Patrick van Aanholt clean through on goal to slide past Jack Butland with just five minutes of normal time remaining. Roy Hodgson’s side had completed the turnaround, confirming their own Premier League safety and sending the Potters down to the Championship as a result.
Stoke have spent 10 seasons in the Premier League, but a run of 13 games without a victory ensured that streak will come to an end. A turbulent campaign, that saw them change managers halfway through the season, has ended in relegation.
FT: The Potters have lost. Defeat means we will be playing Championship football next season (1-2) #SCFC
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 5, 2018
Normally I like to celebrate when I score but I’d like to apologise to Stoke City and their fans, I wish my goal didn’t relegate you, but you’ll be back soon! Great club with great fans ??
— Patrick van Aanholt (@pvanaanholt) May 5, 2018
The face of Relegation. Jack Butland’s Tears of Agony at the final whistle as Stoke go down. As Fans of every team outside of the Big Six know – there but for the Grace of God go I pic.twitter.com/aP3hKX2tOG
— roger bennett (@rogbennett) May 5, 2018