Crystal Palace 2 Stoke 1: Gayle double secures Eagles’ Premier League status

8 May

They had won just five home matches this season and it looked bleak again when Stoke took the lead in the 26th minute.

Giannelli Imbula, wearing gloves on a hot spring day, worked with Marko Arnautovic to put Charlie Adam clear and he fired Sparky’s boys ahead.

Palace had to reshuffle when Cabaye went off but they equalised less than two minutes into the second half.

Yannick Bolasie jinked through and, when Geoff Cameron challenged, the ball rolled kindly for Gayle to stroke home.


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