Commiserations For Adam Following Penalty Miss
Stoke City manager has refused to lay the blame at the feet of Charlie Adam for his penalty miss in the draw with Brighton at the weekend.
Welcoming Chris Hughton's side to the Bet365 Stadium at the weekend, Stoke fell behind in the first half but Xherdan Shaqiri had us back on level terms in the second half. We did however have a late penalty award - arguably incredibly soft - but Adam saw his effort saved.
Lambert told the Official Website that rather than blaming the Scottish international for the miss, he felt for him as the fact that Lewis Dunk got a challenge on on him to stop him burying the rebound showed it just wasn't to be.
'We got a penalty in the last minute and it was a big opportunity to win the game. Charlie had scored against Coventry City and if he felt confident then a confident person hits it, which is what happened. I would be more concerned if he or anybody else had shied away from it, because for me, that's when problems arise.'
Lambert went on to say that although the expectation is that a penalty should always be scored, it is a lottery and it's easy in hindsight to say somebody else would've naturally buried it.
'Who's to say Jese or anybody else would have scored - nobody knows. Charlie stepped up 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.'
Lambert was however more concerned with our first half showing, although granted we improved more in the second period.
'All second half we were well on top and got a great goal after Brighton had done really well first half. We changed the system second half and we were much better. We scored and had some great opportunities.'
'We obviously had the penalty, but even after that we had two or three moments when we could have won the game - sadly it didn`t drop for us.'