Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace

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Patrick van Aanholt’s goal denied Stoke a draw that would have kept alive their survival hopes until at least later on Saturday

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 the Potters around – had celebrated wildly with Xherdan Shaqiri after the midfielder’s free-kick opened the scoring just before the break.

But James McArthur skipped clear down the left and side-footed home the leveller, before Van Aanholt pounced on Ryan Shawcross’ under-hit backpass to consign Stoke to the second tier.

Patrick van Aanholt commiserated with Stoke after scoring the winner that condemned them to the second tier…
…a gesture appreciated by the hosts

The Potters’ players – who finished 13th last season – collapsed to the turf as a first top-flight relegation since 1985 sank in.

Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho was one of a number of visiting players to console their opponents after the final whistle, with goalkeeper Jack Butland in tears as some of the remaining home supporters defiantly chanted their lifelong allegiance to the club.

Crowd loud, Stoke quiet

Xherdan Shaqiri signed for £12m from Inter Milan in 2015

Before kick-off, a fan implored the rest of the Bet365 Stadium to do “whatever it takes” for victory over the public address system.

The crowd responded with incessant noise, but – for the vast majority of the match – the Stoke attack was too quiet.

As so often, it was only when Shaqiri got on the ball that the hosts looked able to unpick the opposition defence.

The Switzerland international’s cross was headed weakly wide by Mame Biram Diouf in Stoke’s best chance before his free-kick found the net with the game’s first shot on target.

The 26-year-old’s pass should have put Badou Ndiaye clean through on goal in the second half, but the Senegal midfielder miscontrolled when a settling second goal beckoned for Stoke.

Shaqiri has spoken this season of a “lack of quality” among his team-mates