Patrick van Aanholt sent a class tweet after his goal for Crystal Palace relegated Stoke

Stoke City will be playing in the Championship next season after they wee beaten at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.

The Potters produced yet another below-par performance at home to Crystal Palace, losing 2-1 despite going one-nil up through Xherdan Shaqiri.

Roy Hodgson’s side equalised through James McArthur and full-back Patrick van Aanholt capitalised on a Ryan Shawcross mistake to stroke in a 86th minute winner.

Crystal Palace lost their first seven games of the season, without managing to score a single goal – but now lie 11th in the table.

Hodgson has done a brilliant job at Selhurst Park since taking over from Frank De Boer.

Meanwhile, Stoke sacked Mark Hughes in January but his replacement, Paul Lambert, has failed to win in each of his last 13 league outings.

Stoke’s ten-year stay in the Premier League is about to come to an end.

Van Aanholt tweets at FT

Soon after the full-time whistle, the Crystal Palace match-winner posted a very classy tweet on social media.

Van Aanholt wrote: “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.”

Pure class from the 27-year-old Dutchman.

Having battled relegation all season, the Crystal Palace manager also felt sympathy towards his opposite number.

“Of course [I feel for Paul], all of us if we have sensibility, we have to feel fortunate to survive while others didn’t,” said Hodgson in his post-match press conference.

“They were organised, enthusiastic and energetic and full of fight and willingness to win the game.”

Hodgson continued: “They face having to build and go again, but this is a big club that has had so much success and I think if they continue in the way they have done, I would be surprised not to see them near the top of the Championship next season.”

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