Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace - Premier League


Stoke were relegated after Patrick van Aanholt of Crystal Palace scored his sides second goal past Stoke and England goalie Jack Butland during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Crystal Palace at Bet365 Stadium on May 5, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England

Stoke out, West Brom, Swans, Southampton in late fight to stay up

Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace

Stoke goals: Shaqiri 43

Crystal Palace goals: McArthur 68, Van Aanholt 86

In an exciting match with a sad ending, Palace’s second-half comeback condemned Stoke to relegation.

Opening the match scoring, Stoke’s Shaqiri curled a free kick into the top right of the net! The ball took a little deflection off of Loftus-Cheek, sending it right into the corner. Hennessey had little chance of saving Shaqiri’s effort, and the deflection took the ball out of his reach giving hope to Stoke 1-0!

However, Stoke lost yet another lead! Zaha romped down through the middle of the pitch, sending the ball to his left for Loftus-Cheek, who sent it on to McArthur who slid the ball across Stoke goalie Butland and into the bottom right for the equalizer 1-1! James McFarlane McArthur is a Scottish footballer, who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Crystal Palace and the Scotland national football team.

Anxiety manifested in a struggling Stoke’s defensive line, inviting Palace on throughout the match. Stoke tried to hold on for 45 minutes in a risky approach. Palace’s equalizer came after one of Stoke’s few attacks. Wilfried Zaha led a counter and fed Loftus Cheek, who slipped in McArthur. Shoulders slumped around the stadium when he bobbled a shot home.

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James McArthur of Crystal Palace scores his sides first goal.

Next Christian Benteke played the ball wide right for Zaha, who delivered it back into the center for Van Aanholt. Shawcross attempted to intercept and took the pace off the ball, teeing it up for Palace defender Van Aanholt who slammed the winner under Butland and into the net defeating Stoke 1-2.

Paul Lambert’s side Stoke City are relegated after a ten-year stay in the Premier League. Crystal Palace’s win ensures the survival of the south Londoners. The last time they slipped out of the top flight, in the mid-Eighties, it took them 23 years to get back. Congratulations to Crystal Palace, who have managed to stay up after their bad start to the season with a seven-game losing streak.

A decade ago Stoke City won promotion up to the Premier League with a tense draw against Leicester City. Their 10-season spell in the top flight is now over, after defeat at home to Crystal Palace confirmed their relegation. At full-time, they remained only three points from the last safe spot with one game to play but Swansea face Southampton on Tuesday and so one of those teams’ tally will go beyond what is available to Championship League bound Stoke.

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert says Stoke sleepwalked towards relegation but will return.

“I can’t put my thoughts into words so soon after the game,” said Lambert. “Emotions are up and down after a tough afternoon. I feel for everybody connected with the club.”

Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace - Premier League

Jack Butland was left in tears as Stoke became the first side to be relegated from the Premier League this season. The Potters ended their 10 season stay in the top flight with a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace and the England shot-stopper was left inconsolable after the final whistle.

Stoke manager Paul Lambert was hopeful before the match but gutted afterward.

“We have to try and win, throw everything at it. We have 90 minutes to do it, so we can’t go at it from the off, but the intent is there. We can’t attack for 90 minutes, it’s impossible. But if we win today, we’re right back in it. We’ve lacked in forward areas, that’s evident, we don’t have the personnel. But hopefully someone will create something and we’ll get a goal. Palace won’t take their foot off the gas, we have to be ready for that and be on the front foot. The crowd will be right for us and drive us on. We just need a break, and play well to win,” said Stoke manager Paul Lambert. “It’s people being anxious, worried about what might happen when we’ve got the lead.”


Stoke City: Butland, Johnson, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters, Shaqiri, Allen, Ndiaye, Bauer, Diouf, Crouch. Subs: Ireland, Adam, Cameron, Fletcher, Haugaard, Sobhi, Campbell.

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Milivojevic, Cabaye, Loftus-Cheek, Townsend, Zaha. Subs: Sorloth, Lee, Schlupp, Cavalieri, Benteke, Wan Bissaka, Kelly.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

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Patrick van Aanholt of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring his side's second goal with teammates Andros Townsend and Christian Benteke

Patrick van Aanholt did not celebrate his goal.

“Normally I like to celebrate when I score but I’d like to apologize 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,” 

Felix Wood praised Crystal Palace veteran manager Roy Hodson.

“Palace under Hodgson have become good to watch and have pulled themselves out of free-fall, with an injury list that others would have hidden behind. I hope that posterity remembers Hodgson not as the man who had Kane on corner duty but as someone who consistently made small clubs and unfashionable players punch above their weight. And also for any young players coming through, Zaha and Loftus-Cheek’s experience, this season will attest to the fact that a team that will play you and a manager that will allow you to achieve is better than being squashed at one of the mega-clubs.”

Crystal boss Roy Hodgson talked about his side before the match with Stoke.

“I hope we have the same mindset we’ve had all season. I’m really hoping it won’t change at all. We want to play as well as we possibly can to the end of the season, not least because of the integrity of the league, and it’s a mistake when teams switch off. We’re not going to switch off. If we lose, it’s because Stoke will have played better than us. When you play against a team that is going to be as motivated and fired up as they’re going to be, it’s always going to be a problem for you. What’s more, they have very good players. We have prepared the players, but now it’s all about the actors on the field. We’re aware it’s last-chance saloon time for Stoke.”

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Crystal Palace footballers Patrick van Aanholt celebrates with Wilfried Zaha after scoring his sides fourth goal during the Premier League match between Roy Hodson's Crystal Palace and Leicester City at Selhurst Park.


Atletico Madrid v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Atletico Madrid’s Juanfran battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group C match at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on September 27, 2017


In MatchWeek 7, EPL Champions Chelsea were sunk by Belgium striker Kevin De Bruyne’s winner for Manchester City.

After his side’s crucial defeat, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admitted Chelsea had lost “the complete player” Kevin De Bruyne who scored the winning goal against his former club to return Manchester City to first place on top of the England Premier League.

De Bruyne’s former teammate Frank Lampard talked about why former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho allowed Kevin De Bruyne to leave Chelsea in 2014.

"It was a difficult time for the club, you had Eden Hazard, Oscar, and Willian had just signed. He wasn't as good as he is now,” said Lampard. "Of course, it's easy to look and say 'why did you let him go?', but he's gone away and made himself a world-class player."

De Bruyne’s second-half winner left Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola naming him among the world’s elite footballers and left Chelsea boss Conte facing questions about Chelsea’s decision to sell the Belgian during José Mourinho’s second term at Stamford Bridge. Conte did not criticize Mourinho’s decision directly but acknowledged it was Chelsea’s loss.

“I don’t know, honestly, what happened in the past,” said Conte. “But for sure we are talking about a top player, the complete player. He’s good, technical, fast, and he works hard for his team. He is the complete player.”

De Bruyne’s goal was key to an impressive performance by an in form, well coached Man City side performances in the Guardiola era. The victory made it eight straight wins in all competitions.

“He is doing a lot of great things,” said Guardiola. “Last season he hit the post 12 or 13 times and this season they are going in. He can do absolutely everything. With the ball he can assist short and long. Without the ball, he’s the most humble person, the most shy guy.

“If I have to run 100km for the team, I will do that, no problem,” said De Bryune.

“It is not easy to find that work ethic with this type of talent,” continued Guardiola.

City’s 1-0 defeat of Chelsea moved them back above Manchester United who enjoyed a 4-0 victory at home to Crystal Palace, to the top of the league on goal difference. Tottenham Hotspur are in third position.

“It’s still only September,” added Guardiola. “We still have United and the Harry Kane team. United is a José Mourinho team. With José, it will be so tough. But it’s important to show we can play like that. We showed in the first minute that we were coming here to win the game and Kevin showed, once again, how good he is.” 

After their goalless draw with Arsenal, Chelsea have now failed to score in back-to-back league games at Stamford Bridge for the first time since November 2012.

“We played against a really good team,” Conte continued. “We created chances but didn’t take them and in this type of game it’s very important to score first. Great compliments to Manchester City.”

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte recently talked about the pride he has being manager of his Chelsea side. Conte has only praise for the commitment his men show on the training field as well as in games.

Conte was obviously disappointed with Saturday’s result against Manchester City. But the Italian manager Conte wants to remind people of the magnitude of last season’s achievement of winning the Premier League title and other honors. Conte talked about his strong desire to achieve even more success.

“I see my players every day and I am proud to be their coach because I see their commitment in every training session and every game and I am pleased for this,” said Conte. “For sure, to defend the title is very difficult because the past has shown it is very difficult to win two titles in a row. Our motivation must always be high, in every competition. We must put all of ourselves into trying to do the best in every game. Last season was a great satisfaction because the year before we finished 10th and then we won the title and reached the final of the FA Cup. I think we had a fantastic season and this time we have to try to do our best and try to have great satisfaction again. For sure, it won’t be easy but last season also was not easy.”

Before becoming Chelsea boss, Conte won three consecutive Serie A titles with mighty Juventus. Conte is well aware that the task of retaining a Premier League crown is possible, but difficult as the top EPL sides strengthen their squads.

‘At Juventus we won the title against a really strong side like AC Milan, but the next season Milan sold Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic, and they were weaker. It wasn’t simple, but it was easier,” added Conte. “Here, if you compare this season with last season, you can see that you have big teams last season and now they are bigger. I think last season we did a really great job because we won the league against really strong teams. Manchester City last season was also a fantastic team. Now, after a great transfer market they improved a lot. It’s not simple to play in this league, but we have to try to do our best in every game, with great ambition, because we must always have the right ambition.”

With international fixtures coming up, Chelsea next see EPL action against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on 14 October.

“I think we can’t have regrets and we gave everything,” said Conte. “All my players gave 120 per cent to try to make a good result, but it wasn’t so. Sometimes you have to accept a bad result, but I think the most important thing is to see the fantastic attitude and commitment of my players because they gave everything.”

Chelsea head into the October international break having won 4 of their 7 league games to date, drawn 1 and lost the other 2. It is exactly the same record Chelsea had this time last season on the road to lifting the EPL trophy with the second-highest number of points in Premier League history.

Chelsea’s loss to Man City was not due to a lack of effort. The Blues knew it would be a difficult week, starting with the trip to Stoke last Saturday. Then there was the trip to Atletico Madrid, arriving back early the next morning at 5am, with practically only one day to prepare for the match. City team came well prepared. They had home games and one extra day of rest. Reportedly Chelsea made no excuses. City won their last two games, much in the same manner as Chelsea did.

"This was without a doubt the same Chelsea of last season, but what happened was that we came up against a City side who went into the game much better rested than we did," said Conte. "Nothing more. This time last year we were eight points behind, but it doesn’t mean anything. There is still a long way to go in all competitions.”

Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City

Manchester City goal: Kevin De Bruyne 67

Clean sheet: Courtois


Courtois, Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard, Morata. Subs: Caballero, Pedro, Moses, Kenedy, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi.

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva, Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Sterling. Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Gundogan, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Alexander Zinchenko, Toure.

Italian Chelsea boss Antonio Conte reportedly may quit at the end of the 2017-18 season. Conte took Chelsea to their surprising Premier League title last season. However his relationship with Chelsea’s board is difficult, made worse by a failure to land a number of his priority transfer targets in the summer transfer window. Conte missed out on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex Sandro. Danilo, and Romelu Lukaku. Chelsea landed Alvaro Morata paying a club-record £58million fee. However Chelsea were still scrambling around on deadline day of the window to sign Davide Zappacosta and Danny Drinkwater, who is still yet to make his debut. The former Italy national team boss was close to quitting during the frustrating summer window. Inter Milan launched an effort to hire him away from Stamford Bridge. Conte sounded an alarm earlier this week when he admitted he missed Italy and did not intend to manage abroad for much longer.

“I miss Italy, there is no doubt,” said Conte. “It is not in my mind to stay abroad for a long time. Italy is my country. I will return, I don’t know when but that is the aim.”

When asked what other countries he would enjoy working in, he ruled out a move to China.


“China? No, absolutely not,” he added. “Bundesliga? It’s always difficult to predict the future. Let’s just say that a coach is a temporary worker. It depends on the results, but there’s desire on my part to try to do the best I can, finishing one project and then finding the right one to continue. I miss Italy, that’s a fact. Still, this experience is helping me so much. I would also like to change role, maybe become a sporting director in the future. Are we better than the English? There are practically no English managers in the Premier League. There are so many parts of the world here, but everyone here is good, prepared and among the best in the world.”

Conte signed a new contract in the summer that runs until 2019.


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Championship Play Off Final : Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

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Championship Play Off Final : Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha was named player of the match after he produced an outstanding performance to help Palace beat Watford 1-0 in a fiercely fought battle worth upwards of £120m to the victors, by winning the penalty that enabled Kevin Phillips to score the decisive goal in extra time.

Twenty-year-old Zaha is due to report to David Moyes at Old Trafford next season, having been previously signed by Man United's legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson for £15m in January before being loaned back to Palace for the remainder of the season.

Manager Ian Holloway may ask Man United to loan Zaha back to Crystal Palace to help the club stay in the Premier League after moving up. Holloway plans to build a squad that will avoid coming straight back down.

"I think he'd be silly to give me him back to me. But you never know, now that we're up it might be realistic. We'll see."

Watford's manager, Gianfranco Zola, said that Zaha was "the difference between the teams".

"I have never questioned the abilities of Zaha," said Zola. "In games like this where it is very balanced and tense, it is decided by the individuality of a player. He created that penalty from nothing. I also liked the way he managed himself on the pitch. Now he is going to play for the champions and the level that he has to play at is bigger, but I am sure he will learn and he is going to a place that is very good at improving players. He will go far, he has a lot of talent."

Holloway may also try to secure Phillips for another season. The 39-year-old is out of contract in June.

"My body's aching at the end of a long season, I'll have to go away and have a think," said Phillips. "If something is offered to me, I'd be daft to turn it down."

Halloway has praise for Phillips.

"I'll keep signing him until he's 50 or 60 if he keeps putting the ball in the net." 

"The difficult thing for Kevin is living in a hotel once or twice a week because he doesn't want to move his family any more," Holloway said. "My lads accept that because they know what he does when he turns up. So it might be about whether he can still have that enthusiasm like me, that jiggle in the soul you feel in the morning."

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Zaha, Jedinak, Garvan (Moritz 84), Dikgacoi (O'Keefe 18), Williams (Phillips 64), Wilbraham. Subs not used: Price, Richards, Bolasie, Ramage.

Booked: Jedinak, O'Keefe, Ward, Moxey

Goals: Phillips 105+1 pen

Watford: Almunia, Doyley, Ekstrand, Cassetti, Anya (Forestieri 86), Chalobah (Battocchio 74), Hogg, Pudil, Abdi, Deeney, Vydra (Geijo 46). Subs not used: Bond, Hall, Yeates, Briggs.

Booked: Ekstrand, Abdi, Cassetti

Attendance: 81,025

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

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