Stoke up, Leicester down
Potters get the point they need but this is not enough for the Foxes
Last Updated: May 4, 2008 5:00pm
Stoke were promoted to the top flight after a 23-year-absence and Leicester were relegated to the third tier of English football for the first time after they shared a goal-less draw at the Britannia Stadium.
It was a rollercoaster of emotions on the final day of the season for the 26,609 fans inside the ground, particularly for those supporters from Leicester whose transistor radios were tuned into the extraordinary events taking place at St Mary's between Southampton and Sheffield United.
The tide turned many times for Foxes fans, but ultimately Southampton's 3-2 victory ensured they would be frequenting League One stadia next season.
By contrast, Stoke's promotion was all but sealed when news filtered through midway into the second half that Hull were losing at Ipswich.
On the field Stoke dominated the first half but could not manage to break the deadlock.
The visitors almost took the lead when Gareth McAuley headed a corner onto the right post in the 61st minute.
They then had a genuine penalty shout turned down when Richard Stearman was brought down on the edge of the box. Iain Hume put the subsequent free-kick over the bar.
With 10 minutes remaining Leicester twice came agonisingly close to scoring the goal that would have saved them.
Stoke keeper Carlo Nash kept out Hume's half-volley before he athletically tipped Stearman's header over the crossbar from the resulting corner.
The game was held up by a pitch invasion during injury-time but it merely postponed the inevitable as both teams left the Championship, but in different directions.
Sky Bet Championship
Sun 4th May
Stoke City0 - 0Leicester
Charlton4 - 1Coventry
Sheff Wed4 - 1Norwich
C Palace5 - 0Burnley
Wolves1 - 0Plymouth
Cardiff3 - 0Barnsley
Scunthorpe3 - 3Colchester
Blackpool1 - 1Watford
Bristol C3 - 0Preston
Southampton3 - 2Sheff Utd
QPR0 - 2West Brom
Ipswich1 - 0Hull City
Sky Bet Championship
|2||Queens Park Rangers||19||39|
|10||Brighton and Hove Albion||19||28|