Stoke can bounce back after emotional relegation, says Lambert

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Shaqiri's superb left-footed free-kick took a slight deflection off Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek as it curled past Wayne Hennessey before he could react.

Xherdan Shaqiri had given the Potters hope of staying up having curled in a first half free kick, but James McArthur set up the comeback with a fine counter attack goal before van Aanholt's victor four minutes from time.

Lambert, who replaced the sacked Mark Hughes as Stoke manager in January, said: "I'm gutted for everybody at the football club, the supporters, everybody".

The Saints are now favourites to join West Brom and Stoke in the Championship next season.

Roy Hodgson confesses that he did not expect Crystal Palace to have secured Premier League safety in as composed a manner as they did considering their poor start to the season.

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- This is Stoke's first relegation from any division since the 1997-98 campaign, when they were relegated from the second tier alongside Reading and Manchester City.

He said: "After 10 brilliant years in the Premier League and all the hard work that has gone into keeping us in there, to lose it in the way we have has been really disappointing". The club gained promotion to Premier League in May 2008 and now relegated May, 2018. He will be partnered with Yohan Cabaye, who has been effective in the last two games for the Eagles.

Roberto Pereyra and Andre Gray got the two goals for Watford in the first half and Ayoze Perez pulled one back for United but they could not avoid defeat.

There was a scare for the hosts shortly after the interval when the ball came to Loftus-Cheek in a unsafe position, with Erik Pieters making an excellent tackle to take it away from the midfielder.

Stoke have taken the lead in five of their six draws under Lambert this season, ultimately conceding to lose 10 points.

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He added: "The football club will (come back fighting next season) because of the support it has behind it".

"It's over a season and we've not been good enough all season".

"All I can do is recommend to bring in the players that we think are the right ones and make the squad even stronger next year". So you've got to look at that - what decisions are being made and the type of characters.

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