Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson admits celebrations quelled by Stoke's relegation

06 May, 2018, 16:45 | Author: Myra Gill
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Palace themselves are guaranteed to stay in the Premier League thanks to the result, while Stoke will look back with plenty of regret on the points they have dropped in the last month as, for the third time in four games, they failed to hold onto the lead.

Stoke spent 10 seasons in the Premier League, but a run of 13 games without a victory ensured that streak is over.

Paul Lambert's managed Stoke City are now relegated from the English Premier League after losing at home on Saturday to Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace 1-2.

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

"When teams don't get results and you sleep walk into places you never thought you would be then it is tough to come back from that".

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.


"We've had a right go every single game (under Lambert) but for whatever reason, we haven't got the goals we needed and ultimately it's cost us", he told Sky Sports.

The win sealed Palace's safety, a remarkable achievement for former England manager Hodgson, who had to pull off a considerable feat of escapology after the Eagles' desperate start to the season under Frank de Boer.

Lambert, appointed in January, also seemed to blame predecessor Mark Hughes. I am feeling for everyone connected with the club. But we came here, basically safe, I couldn't see us going down with 38 points, so I think it was a great show of character from us to come here and play really well.

The defeat means that Stoke is the first team to be officially relegated this season.

Van Aanholt took to Twitter soon after the win to apologise to the club and fans, and to wish them well next season.

Match victor van Aanholt apologised for scoring 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!"

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