Stoke City go three without a win as they edge perilously close to the drop

Stoke City saw a last minute penalty from Charlie Adam saved by Brighton ‘keeper Matt Ryan in controversial fashion in a 1-1 draw at the bet365 Stadium.

Spanish attacker Jese was judged to have been pushed by Dale Stephens in the Brighton penalty area and the Spaniard was adamant he was going to take it, only to see Adam collect the ball leading to a teenage-like strop from Jese, who was soon surrounded by team mates in a bid to calm him down.

After the game, Paul Lambert was quick to deflect any blame from either player, saying “Who’s to say Jese would score. Nobody knows. Charlie felt confident enough to hit it, but I never blame anybody. It’s not blame culture.”

Brighton boss Chris Hughton felt the decision to award a penalty be awarded by referee Bobby Madeley was a harsh one; “My impression at the time was it was soft and my view hasn’t changed. If anything, Dale is pushing Jese off, but not in an aggressive way. It was soft.”

“Charlie felt good because he scored the last one. You could be the most talented footballer on earth, but if you don’t want that penalty you won’t hit it.”

The Potters saw their first half domination quashed by Colombian mercurial Jose Izquierdo after a lovely passing move in the 32nd minute, but in the 68th minute, the Potters own enigmatic winger Sheridan Shaqiri scored a trademark long range goal, evading ‘keeper Ryan in the bottom corner.



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