Stoke City – Lambert cools penalty row

Stoke City

Paul Lambert stressed he would not be blaming individuals after the 1-1 draw with Brighton that saw them miss a late penalty.

Stoke were awarded a 90th-minute spot-kick when referee Bobby Madley judged that Jese Rodriguez had been fouled by Dale Stephens.

After Jese complained in animated fashion about not being given the chance to do so, it was fellow substitute Charlie Adam who took the spot-kick, and saw his effort from 12 yards saved by Mathew Ryan.

Lambert, whose 18th-placed side had cancelled out Jose Izquierdo’s 32nd-minute finish through a Xherdan Shaqiri strike in the 68th minute, said afterwards: “I’m devastated for the players. When you get a penalty in last minute it’s a big opportunity to win the game. But the penalty’s a lottery, a hit or a miss.”

When asked about the way Jese, on what was his first appearance since November, had acted after the penalty was given, Lambert added: “I would be more concerned if everybody shied away from a penalty and didn’t want to take it.

“That’s when the problems arise. But they wanted to take it. They wanted to win the game, which is normal, but they also want to score.

“Who is to say Jese would score? Nobody knows. Charlie felt confident enough to hit it.

“I would never blame anybody. It is not a blame culture. We win as a team and we lose as a team. Charlie felt good because he scored the last one. He scored against Coventry (last month) and has a great left foot.

“If you ask Charlie to put a ball anywhere he’ll do it. It’s just in that moment, the goalkeeper has made a save.”

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