Views: 110 Posted On: May 05, 2018
May 5, 2018 ( Post 1 )

Stoke’s 10-year stay in the Premier League has come to an end after they were relegated to the Championship by Crystal Palace’s second-half resurgence.

Home fans streamed out of the Bet365 Stadium immediately after Patrick van Aanholt’s winner, with long-time chairman Peter Coates looking on miserably.

The afternoon had started far better for the hosts.

Manager Paul Lambert – appointed in January to turn around the Potters – had celebrated wildly with Xherdan Shaqiri after the midfielder’s free-kick opened the scoring just before the break.

But the Stoke boss was left deflated as James McArthur skipped clear down the left and side-footed home the leveller, before Van Aanholt pounced on Ryan Shawcross’s under-hit backpass to deliver the final, knockout blow.


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