Stoke RELEGATED leaving Jack Butland and fans in tears as Potters are sent down by Crystal Palace
Goalkeeper Jack Butland and a number of fans were spotted in tears at the bet365 Stadium after the Eagles came from behind to sink the Potters and end their 10-year stay in the top flight.
Paul Lambert's team are down because Swansea and Southampton play each other on Tuesday night.
Xherdan Shaqiri's free-kick had given the Potters a glimpse of hope in the first half but James McArthur and then Patrick van Aahnholt resigned them to the drop.
Stoke have been a fixture in the Premier League since Tony Pulis led them to the top flight in 2008-09.
Mark Hughes, brought in to change Pulis' defensive style, led the side to three consecutive top 10 finishes, but struggled this season.
He was sacked on January 6, with Lambert brought in 10 days later.
But the appointment of the Scot did nothing to change their fortunes – Lambert won only ONE of his 14 matches in charge at the club since taking over.
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Speaking after the defeat, Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross admitted the team had not been good enough.
He said: "It's difficult obviously but it's not one just about game. It's over a season and we've not been good enough all season.
"Ultimately it's down to the players: we've not been good enough. The fans have been brilliant today, a tough result and they're still cheering us.
"Since the gaffer has come in we've had a right go and been in every game. But for whatever reason we've not got the goals we needed and that cost us."
He added: "We got hit on the break a few times. It's a great club this and we will come back.
"The goal was my fault. Sometimes you make mistakes and they cost you. The club have got a lot of big decisions to make.
"If we can keep our better players we've got a good chance. It'll be difficult and we need to let this sink in but hopefully we will come back stronger."
Patrick van Aanholt even apologised to Stoke fans after scoring the goal that sent them down.
He wrote on Twitter: "Normally I like to celebrate when I score but I’d like to apologise to Stoke City and their fans, I wish my goal didn’t relegate you, but you’ll be back soon!
"Great club with great fans."
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