Stoke Relegated After Ten Years In The Premier League


Stoke’s decade-long stay in the Premier League ended after Crystal Palace secured a comeback victory at the Bet365 Stadium earlier today. Stoke came into the game in desperate need of a win and got some good fortune when Ruben Loftus-Cheek deflected home Shaqiri’s free kick just before the break.

But their weak performance never looked like preserving that lead and a season of dismay ended with misery for the club as Paul Lambert’s team were relegated in front of their own fans.

Stoke’s decline can be traced as far back as the final months of last season. Perhaps it would  have been different had the decision to get rid of manager Hughes had been made earlier. He was given the heave in January, but warning signs had been ocurring well before then.

Even Palace goal scorer Van Aanholt had to offer his commiserations.

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