Wednesday 14 November 2018

Premier League round-up: Stoke relegated as West Brom shock Tottenham to keep slim hopes alive

Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri (left) appears dejected
Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri (left) appears dejected

Stoke's 10-year stay in the Premier League came to an end following a 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace at the bet365 Stadium - but West Brom fight on after a dramatic 1-0 victory over Tottenham.

The Potters started the day in 19th place, three points adrift of safety heading into their penultimate game of the season.

It looked like the Great Escape under Paul Lambert, who replaced the sacked Mark Hughes as manager in January, could be on when Xherdan Shaqiri put the home side in front with a free-kick after 43 minutes of Saturday's lunchtime game.

However, the Eagles, looking to make sure of their own top-flight status, hit back through James McArthur after 68 minutes before Patrick van Aanholt scored a second with four minutes left to seal Stoke's fate.

Palace are now mathematically safe which completes a considerable upturn in their fortunes after former England boss Roy Hodgson succeeded Dutchman Frank De Boer early in the campaign.

West Brom had also seemed to be heading for the Sky Bet Championship before Jake Livermore struck a stoppage-time winner against Champions League-chasing Spurs at The Hawthorns.

It was a third win under caretaker boss Darren Moore, which came when Livermore bundled the ball in to spark jubilant scenes from the home supporters.

The Baggies move off the bottom and above Stoke, now within two points of Swansea, who lost 1-0 at Bournemouth.

Southampton could climb out of the bottom three should they beat Everton in Saturday's late kick-off.

Bournemouth, meanwhile, secured another campaign in the top flight with their win over Swansea.

Ryan Fraser's deflected effort broke the deadlock after 37 minutes after a well-worked free-kick, which proved enough to move the Cherries mathematically clear of any danger.

West Ham took a big step towards safety with a 2-0 win at Leicester, which leaves them on 38 points with two matches left.

After Marko Arnautovic saw his drive hit the crossbar, the visitors took the lead after 33 minutes when the Austrian forward set up Joao Mario.

Irons captain Mark Noble added a fine second after 64 minutes with a 20-yard volley to seal a crucial victory and heap more pressure on Leicester manager Claude Puel.

Watford will be playing in the Premier League again next season after a 2-1 home win over Newcastle, which was a first victory in eight games.

The Hornets took an early lead when midfielder Roberto Pereyra slotted in after just two minutes.

Argentine winger Pereyra then turned provider after 27 minutes as his cross was headed in by Andre Gray at the back post.

Captain Troy Deeney missed the chance to make it 3-0 just before the break when his penalty was saved by Martin Dubravka.

Newcastle had already secured their own Premier League status following an impressive run of four straight wins from the last six games, and pulled a goal back after 55 minutes through Ayoze Perez.

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