The Saints entered Saturday needing nothing but a win. However, their 2-0 loss to Fulham put an end to their 11-year spell in the English top flight.

It's official. After 11 years in the English top flight, Southampton's time in the Premier League has officially come to an end.

The Saints entered Saturday knowing that anything but a win would send them down to the Championship. As a result, fans were hoping for an inspired performance from their club in their clash with Fulham.

And to their credit, Ruben Selles' men kept the score line even for the first half. Unfortunately, the hosts conceded immediately after the break, with Carlos Vinicius giving the Cottagers the lead two minutes after half-time.

In the 72nd minute, things got worse for the Saints as Aleksander Mitrovic doubled Fulham's lead to all but confirm Southampton's relegation from the Premier League. The score line remained this way until the full-time, with the referee's final whistle drawing an end on Southampton's over-a-decade stay in the top flight.

With only two games left and a seven-point disadvantage over 17th-placed Everton, James Ward-Prowse and Co. cannot mathematically finish outside of the bottom three. The Saints are currently bottom of the table and are six points behind second-from-bottom Leicester, meaning Selles' men are likely to finish the campaign as the worst team in the league.

With 24 losses out of 36 games, this has been the most number of defeats Southampton have suffered in a single top-flight campaign in their entire history. Here's how the Saints players reacted at full-time after their relegation was confirmed.

The club have gone through three managerial changes this term, thus making their survival all the more difficult. Fortunately, as Burnley showed this season, a club can drop into the Championship and turn their fortunes around in no time. However, only time will tell how long it will be before Southampton returns to the Premier League.