Penalty Stop Balances Things - Stoke v Brighton (10/2/18)
Following today's clash between Stoke City and Brighton, here are the instant reactions from both managers.
Stoke City hosted Brighton at the Bet365 Stadium for a 3pm kick off on Saturday February 10, with both sides playing out a one all draw.
The visitors took the lead through Jose Izquierdo's effort in the 32nd minute of the game but Stoke did level in the second half through Xherdan Shaqiri.
Stoke did have a 90th minute penalty awarded and after some arguments over who would take the effort, Charlie Adam saw his effort saved by Brighton's Maty Ryan.
Butland, Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters, Allen, Fletcher (Berahino 45), Ndiaye (Adam 79), Shaqiri, Choupo-Moting (Jese 62), Diouf.
Johnson, Cameron, Sobhi, Grant.
Ryan, Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, March (Knockaert 86), Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo, Gross (Kayal 79), Murray (Ulloa 71).
Bruno, Goldson, Locadia, Krul.
Speaking to the BBC's cameras a short time after match day referee Robert Madley blew the final whistle, Stoke manager Paul Lambert explained.
'It's really disappointing not to come away with the win. In the second half we were excellent, and after getting the penalty, it's especially tough to take. I changed the system at half time and it helped us out, it looked like we were a different side in that second half. Brighton are a difficult team to play against but it's still a good point for us.'
Brighton manager Chris Hughton in his comparative interview explained.
'At this moment we feel like it's probably two points dropped, against a good Stoke side, who are in good form. I thought we had the better chances, but in a player like Xherdan Shaqiri, there's always that quality to get a goal.'
On the penalty.
'I certainly felt it was not a penalty, but it was a great save by Mat Ryan. It was incredibly soft, you've got two players holding each other, if anything my player is pushing him away and the Stoke lad has gone down very easily. I think it's very, very harsh. But saying that, both the save and the tackle were excellent, and we needed Mat Ryan again to make a save straight after from the corner. If you ever need a reason for players following up a penalty, Lewis Dunk has showed why with that tackle.'