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Stoke City Suffer Late Defeat To Confirm Premier League Relegation

Stoke City's Scottish manager Paul Lambert (C) reacts following the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Crystal Palace at the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England on May 5, 2018. - Crystal Palace won the match 2-1. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

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.


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