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11 February 2018

Bennett Dean
Paul Lambert ahead of kick-off at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert was left to rue his side’s golden chance to win Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the Seagulls at the bet365 Stadium.

Charlie Adam’s late spot-kick was superbly saved by Maty Ryan in the dying moments of the game with the Potters – and the home boss was left frustrated that his team couldn’t capitalise on their late opportunity.

He said’ "We got a penalty in the last minute and it was a big opportunity to win the game.

"All of the second half we were well on top and got a great goal, after Brighton had done really well first half. 

"We changed the system in the second half and we were much better. We scored and had some great opportunities.

“I’m devastated for the players.”

Adam entered the action as a second half substitute, as did Jese Rodriguez, but the Scottish midfielder stepped up and took the penalty ahead of the latter after some discussions when Robert Madley had pointed to the spot. 

The Stoke manager insisted that the events before Ryan’s save didn’t concern him given the fact that Adam had already netted a penalty-kick earlier in the current campaign. 

"Charlie had scored from the spot at Coventry and if he felt confident then a confident person hits it.

"I never saw that (Jese's discussions) and I would be more concerned if everybody shied away from it. That's when problems arise.

"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.

"He (Adam) 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."

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