Stoke's Premier League stay comes to an end with defeat to Palace

Stoke's Premier League stay comes to an end with defeat to Palace

Javier Howell
May 6, 2018

And it was the Scottish midfielder who started the comeback against Stoke, confirming Palace's place in the Premier League and sending their opponents down to the Championship.

"Unfortunately they came across a team that wasn't prepared to lie down and we profited from the fact they had to win the game and take chances".

The loss meant Roy Hodgson's resurgent Crystal Palace could celebrate another year of English Premier League football.

Even after 11 matches they only had four points, so the turnaround is an impressive one, but not something Hodgson has not masterminded before, after he led a great escape at Fulham in 2008.

Meanwhile, Swansea City's Premier League status is also in real danger after they lost 0-1 at Bournemouth.

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.

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We have lacked not just a scorer but creativity, ' said Lambert who again left out £15million striker Saido Berahino.

"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". 'You go back to July, August, that is when the season starts. "He may be back for the game with Swansea City next weekend, we will have to wait and see how he progresses". "I would have been disappointed if we hadn't got the win following the performance we put in". "I don't think we're well balanced in that area".

"After seven games, or after 11 games with four points, I never saw it coming", Hodgson told BBC Sport of his side's recovery from a terrible start under Frank de Boer.

West Brom will join the Potters in the Championship unless they beat Tottenham in today's encounter.

The Premier League match between Stoke and Crystal Palace will be broadcast on NBCSN.

McArthur has played in 32 of Palace's 37 games this season, starting 25 at the heart of a midfield four, holding alongside Milivojevic to allow the wider players the freedom to get forward.