Swansea City needed a win and a huge swing in goal difference to survive – they got neither as Peter Crouch gave Stoke a 2-1 win at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea needed a 10-goal turnaround to send Southampton down instead But that was never going to happen for the Premier League’s lowest scorers as they accompanied Stoke through the trapdoor to the Championship.
They did take the lead through midfielder Andy King, leading to optimistic chants of “we want 10” from home supporters.
Badou Ndiaye’s 31sth minute equaliser ended any fanciful ideas of the greatest of escapes for Swansea and ramped up the growing unease in the stands.
Peter Crouch twisted the knife shortly before half-time with the 52nd headed goal of his career in the Premier League.
Swansea’s Portuguese manager Carlos Carvalhal is now expected to leave, five months after arriving.