Patrick Van Aanholt Apologies To Stoke City For Relegating Them With Goal
Patrick van Aanholt has amazingly apologised to Stoke City and their supporters after his goal pulled his side ahead 2-1 and relegated the Potters.
19th-place Stoke City hosted Crystal Palace and needed at least three points to see them survive for another year in the Premier League. But the 2-1 loss against their relegation rivals means they will be playing Championship football next season after ten years in the top tier of English football.
The home side went ahead through a delicious Xherdan Shaqiri free-kick just before the break, but the visitors levelled in the second half through James MacArthur, before they were killed off by van Aanholt when he found himself in space and slotted pass the goalkeeper on 86 minutes.
But after the match the 27-year-old took to social media and posted a classy tweet to Stoke City and their supporters. He apologised for his goal and his celebration, calling the side and their fans 'great'.
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 :punch:- Patrick van Aanholt (@pvanaanholt) May 5, 2018
Stoke City thanked van Aanholt for the tweet, however, it wasn't with such enthusiasm by other online users.
Imagine being upset at relegating Stoke- Joe ⚒:flag_lb: (@Joe_WHUFC_) May 5, 2018
You've done football a favour mate don't apologise- LH (@gfclouis) May 5, 2018
The win means that Palace will remain in the Premier League despite losing their first seven matches in the league without even scoring a goal. It's an unbelievable turnaround.
Roy Hodgson has been the centre-piece in the south London's rejuvenation and was today rightly nominated as Premier League Manager of the Season, alongside Sean Dyche, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Rafa Benitez.
The former England boss has taken the side up to mid-table, safe from relegation with a game to spare.
The manager, like van Aanholt, was also full of praise for the Staffordshire side. He said in the post-match press conference: "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."
Fair play to Roy, but do you think van Aanholt should've apologised? Let us know in the comments.