Sunday 21 October 2018

Adam misses golden opportunity

Stoke City 1 Brighton 1

Jese of Stoke City argues with his team mates over who will take the penalty in the final moments of the game. Photo: Getty Images
Jese of Stoke City argues with his team mates over who will take the penalty in the final moments of the game. Photo: Getty Images

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Charlie Adam had a late penalty saved as relegation-threatened Stoke drew with Brighton at the bet365 Stadium. After Xherdan Shaqiri's strike in the 68th minute had brought the Potters level, cancelling out Jose Izquierdo's 32nd-minute goal, the hosts had the chance to snatch all three points at the death when Bobby Madley judged Dale Stephens had fouled substitute Jese Rodriguez in the box and pointed to the spot.

But - with Jese looking annoyed not to be taking the penalty - Adam saw his effort from 12 yards kept out by Mathew Ryan. Anthony Knockaert then headed Mame Diouf's stoppage-time header off the line to ensure the contest ended all square.

In the 34th minute Izquierdo started and finished a delightful move to put the visitors ahead, exchanging a one-two with Solly March and then another with Dale Stephens before slotting home.

Badou Ndiaye sent an effort wide moments later, while Davy Propper headed off-target for Brighton just before the interval.

Davy Propper headed over again shortly after the restart. Lambert then brought on Jese and Shaqiri equalised, curling a shot from outside the area.

Stoke were presented with the golden opportunity to seal victory as Jese won a penalty in the 90th minute. The Spaniard had to be calmed down as he complained about not being given the chance to take the spot-kick - and then saw Adam's effort from the spot saved by Ryan.

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