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FIVE KEY MOMENTS: STOKE CITY

10 February 2018

Bennett Dean
Jose Izquierdo has received two nominations for the Carling Goal of the Month Award.

Brighton & Hove Albion contested a lively 1-1 draw with Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Jose Izquierdo’s eye-catching first half opener was cancelled out by Xherdan Shaqiri in the second period, before Maty Ryan saved a last minute spot-kick. 

Here are five key moments from a game filled with drama.

EARLY SIGHTER 

The Seagulls had an opportunity to take the lead just two minutes into the contest – in almost identical fashion to Izquierdo’s early chance at St Mary’s in Albion’s previous Premier League game away from home.

Davy Propper’s clever reading of the game released the Colombian on the right-hand side of the area, and he cut inside and let fly, forcing Jack Butland to tip the effort over the bar.

JOSE AT IT AGAIN

But the midfielder wasn’t to be denied a second goal in as many matches – and he netted again in some style. 

The wide-man started and ended a brilliant team move by notching his second goal in as many matches against the Potters. After exchanging passes with both Solly March and Dale Stephens, Izquierdo finished coolly into the far bottom corner of the net.

SHAQIRI SUCKER-PUNCH

Despite Albion’s prolonged spells of pressure, the hosts levelled the contest on 68 minutes through Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Swiss midfielder – who had looked the hosts’ biggest threat on the afternoon, picked up possession on the edge of the area and curled into the far corner past the dive of Ryan.

RYAN’S LAST-GASP HEROICS 

The hosts had a golden chance to come from behind to take all three points when they were awarded a late penalty when Stephens was adjudged to have fouled Jese – it looked harsh on the Albion midfielder but referee Robert Madley pointed to the spot. 

But Maty Ryan dived to his right-hand side and palmed away Charlie Adam’s effort, before some heroic defending from Lewis Dunk scrambled the ball away from danger, as the Scottish midfielder looked destined to hit the rebound into the back of the net. 

ALBION’S AWAY VOICES

A key factor throughout – backed by over 3000 vocal travelling supporters, Albion produced an away performance full of positivity and character.

They were able to get a great view of Izquierdo’s superb opener, and they were afforded an even better vantage point to take in the late drama that unfolded when Ryan saved Adam’s aforementioned spot-kick at the death.

As the full time whistle blew the Australian stopper’s name rang out from behind the goal and the Seagulls players were given a deserved ovation as they made their way down the tunnel.


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