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Peter Crouch posted a classy tweet about Crystal Palace's fans after Stoke's relegation

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Stoke City will be playing in England's second-tier for the first time in 10 years next season.

The Potters have been pretty woeful of late, recording just one win under new manager Paul Lambert and their 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace at home confirmed the seemingly inevitable.

Xherdan Shaqiri had given them the lead in the first-half, but late goals from James McArthur and Patrick van Aanholt sealed their fate.

In truth, Roy Hodgson's rejuvenated Eagles side should have won by more.

Stoke's transfer business in the last two windows has been pretty bizarre, with the likes of Kevin Wimmer and Jese Rodriguez failing to have any impact.

The signing of Badou N'Diaye from Galatasaray in January was the only decent bit of business done in the last year.

Scoring goals has been a huge issue all season, with Stoke pretty much reliant on Shaqiri and 37-year-old Peter Crouch.

The English cult hero started the game v Palace, but couldn't help guide his side to three points.

Crouch was visibly distraught with the situation at the end of the game and has now posted a really classy tweet commending both sets of fans at the bet365 stadium.

CROUCH'S TWEET

A real nice touch that, with the Palace fans clearly showing sympathy towards their opponents at the final whistle.

Goal scorer Van Aanholt even tweeted an apology to the Stoke faithful after his goal confirmed their relegation.

Sometimes, staying humble and having some sympathy towards the opposition goes a long way.

Stoke will now have to switch their focus to rebuilding the side for next season, with Lambert saying they have the resources to bounce back quickly.

“Your season starts in July,” he said. "When you don’t get results you sleepwalk into situations you never want to be and we never had enough. I’m gutted for everybody, because it’s a brilliant club. When it rebuilds it will be really strong.”

It certainly won't be easy in the Championship, just ask Sunderland...

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Paul Lambert
Xherdan Shaqiri
Roy Hodgson
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James McArthur
Patrick Van Aanholt
Peter Crouch
Stoke City
Crystal Palace

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