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Friday 14 December 2018

Stoke denied victory as Charlie Adam sees late penalty saved by Mathew Ryan

Jese looked annoyed to not be taking the late penalty.

Charlie Adam's late penalty was saved
Charlie Adam's late penalty was saved

By Phil Medlicott, Press Association Sport

Charlie Adam had a late penalty saved as relegation-threatened Stoke drew 1-1 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.


Stoke remained 18th in the Premier League, with Paul Lambert’s side level on points with 17th-placed Newcastle, who have a game in hand.

Chris Hughton’s Brighton are three points better off in 13th place.

Izquierdo demonstrated his threat as early as the second minute as his curling shot from just inside the box brought a fine save out of Jack Butland.

Stoke, without the injured Peter Crouch, made their first attempts on goal through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who twice struck off-target, before Glenn Murray lifted an effort over Butland and the bar.

Jose Izquierdo opened the scoring at the bet365 Stadium

Shaqiri then hooked over on the turn inside the Brighton box, and Solly March tried his luck with a strike that was easily dealt with by Butland.

In the 28th minute Izquierdo had Stoke fretting again as he ran on to a great Dale Stephens pass, cut inside from the left and fired over the bar.

And four minutes later the Colombian started and finished a delightful move to put the visitors ahead, exchanging a one-two with March and then another with Stephens before slotting past Butland.

It was another gem to add to his stunning effort in the win against West Ham last weekend.

Saido Berahino, pictured right, was introduced at the break

Badou Ndiaye sent an effort wide moments later, but there was little thereafter from the home side in an attacking sense for the rest of the first half, while Davy Propper headed off-target for Brighton just before the interval.

Lambert changed things at the break, bringing on Saido Berahino for Darren Fletcher, and his side applied pressure soon after the restart as Ndiaye’s strike deflected over.

Davy Propper headed over at the other end, and after Lambert then brought on Jese – for his first appearance since November – Shaqiri equalised, curling a shot from outside the area into the bottom corner.

Charlie Adam and team-mate Jese had heated words over who would take the spot-kick

Shaqiri subsequently appealed for a penalty after going down in the box following a tangle with Gaetan Bong, but referee Madley waved play on.

After Izquierdo had another shot saved by Butland, 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 by team-mates 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.

There was then further frustration for the home side as Knockaert made a goal-line clearance to deny Diouf.

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