A sun enveloped bet365 Stadium welcomed a season defining game for Stoke, with anything but three points leaving the home side staring down the barrel of life in the Championship next season.
FT: The Potters have lost. Defeat means we will be playing Championship football next season (1-2) #SCFC— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 5, 2018
The Potters early exuberance had the home faithful in fine voice as each ball was chased and every opponent harried, a direct yet simple approach which disrupted the Eagles just as they appeared to gain a foothold in proceedings through Wilfried Zaha and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The duos' efficient and clean skills in possession were a level above the Potters' and they had continually threatened to break the deadlock for the visitors on the counter after spending much of the opening term penned in their own half.
Stoke, meanwhile, had initially let their
The best thing about that goal was Shaqiri running straight to Paul Lambert. For me that speaks volumes for what he has done for the dressing room spirit— Ian ⚽️ (@utchstokie) May 5, 2018
Crystal Palace had failed to match the home sides' energy levels in the opening term but Roy Hodgson's side emerged from the interval with renewed vigour as they seized their opportunity to pen Stoke in their own half, turning up the heat in the hope of forcing the home side to crumble under the pressure.
Wave after wave of balls were lobbed towards the Potters' back-line and after initially struggling to land the lethal blow, it was a counter attack with caused the Potters to come unstuck.
As the Eagles flooded forward,
One change for today's crunch @premierleague game against @CPFC— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 5, 2018
STARTING XI: Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters; Shaqiri, Allen, Badou, Bauer; Crouch, Diouf.
SUBS: Haugaard; Ireland, Adam, Cameron, Fletcher, Ramadan, Campbell.#SCFC ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/NURn4ilxuU