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Stoke City relegated from Premier League after 10 years in top-flight

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Leonard Rios | 06 May, 2018, 16:42

The Potters were beaten 2-1 at home by Crystal Palace, with Patrick Van Aanholt scoring a late victor to condemn Stoke to the second tier of English football for the first time in 10 years.

Palace on the other hand mathematically sealed their Premier League status for another season, becoming the first team to avoid the drop from the top-flight despite losing their opening seven league games since 1899/00 (Liverpool, in case you were wondering).

Meanwhile, Stoke sacked Mark Hughes in January but his replacement, Paul Lambert, has failed to win in each of his last 13 league outings.

Stoke City have been relegated from the English Premier League following their 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at the bet365 stadium on Saturday.

Patrick van Aanholt secured the Eagles' safety with his 86th-minute strike, but it proved fatal for Stoke.

Xherdan Shaqiri had put Stoke ahead having curled in a first half free kick but James McArthur set up the comeback with a fine counter attack goal. "It's over a season and we've not been good enough all season", captain Ryan Shawcross told Sky Sports.

Stoke City were relegated to the Championship, while there were wins for Bournemouth, Watford and West Ham United.

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Paul Lambert was brought in but he was unable to stop the rot, winning just one of his games in charge.

"I empathise with Stoke today, it's a very tough day".

"We have given it a right go since the gaffer has come in, we have been in every game we have played in but for whatever reason we haven't scored the goals we have needed to". Wishing you and all at @CPFC the best next season. I am feeling for everyone connected with the club.

"Ultimately it's down to the players: we've not been good enough. No one can point a finger at the effort of the players we lacked quality up top".

It may seem irrelevant, but to Wolves fans, it increases the likelihood that Jack Butland will be leaving the club in the summer.

"I'm proud of the team not just today but all season but I feel a lot of sympathy and empathy for Stoke".

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