Despite the admirable show of support for the 90 minutes and togetherness ahead of Paul Lambert's introduction next Saturday - against Huddersfield - the defeat on the night secured another unfortunate and unwanted milestone for the Potters.
The Staffordshire based outfit became the first team to concede 50 goals in Europe's top five leagues this campaign; highlighting a serious defensive frailty in the side, if it wasn't blatantly obvious already.
Mark Hughes was dismissed earlier this month after his side were dumped from the FA Cup at the hands of League Two side Coventry.
A dismal run of five defeats in seven Premier League fixtures led to Hughes' departure, as the side sunk into the bottom three - a position they're still precariously placed in after Monday.
Lambert will have to act quickly and instil some resolution and defensive nuance in a side that have previously conceded five or more in three occasions this season.
When Paul Lambert was confirmed as new Stoke boss, we thought he may not have been first choice, but he could be the perfect man for the job.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) January 15, 2018
Then we thought about it some more, changed our minds, and decided to pay out on Stoke being relegated from the Premier League. pic.twitter.com/UuCPYLhrFu
Stoke are stuck in 18th in the league; one point below the safety zone but only five points behind West Ham in 11th, so it's certainly not too late for Lambert to turn things around at the bet365 Stadium but the Scotsman has a massive task at hand.