Stoke City boss Paul Lambert unhappy with players’ penalty quarrel against Brighton

Paul Lambert was delighted with Stoke's second-half performance after changing the system at half-time in a 1-1 draw with Brighton

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert was unhappy to see his players quarrel over penalty responsibilities in his side’s 1-1 home draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.

With the scoreline 1-1 and the game entering its final minute, referee Robert Madley awarded Stoke a spot-kick after Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens pulled back Jese Rodriguez in the box.

However, before Charlie Adam could step up to take the penalty, there was an ugly spat on the pitch as Jese tried to grab the ball himself.

In the end, though, Matt Ryan dived full length to keep out Adam’s effort as Stoke missed the chance to move out of the relegation zone and level on points with their opponents.

“I never [had a view of the penalty],” said Lambert. “I know that is the answer nearly everybody says, but I have not had a chance to look at it.

“Before that, there might have been one or two little ones that might have gone our way, but that one I would have to see again.

“Nobody likes to see that [players fighting over who takes a penalty]. Charlie scored the last one against Coventry and he felt confident he was going to score. So I am a great believer that if you feel confident, step up and hit it.

“And the incident you are talking about, lads are desperate to score and desperate to win and I think that is the big thing.

“But you do not want to see that probably in public, that is the thing I would go against.

“He did [want to take the penalty] and I will never curtail that in anybody if you have a great desire to score.

“I would rather have that than not and people shying away from it and that is one thing he never done. But the second half was very good.”

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