Stoke boss Lambert defends Adam after Jese spotkick row

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Stoke City boss Paul Lambert insists he knew nothing of the penalty clash between Charlie Adam and Jese after their draw with Brighton.

Adam missed a last-minute penalty as Stoke dropped two precious points in a dramatic 1-1 draw with relegation rivals Brighton. Jese had won the soft penalty in the first place following a push on him by Dale Stephens, but then threw a highly visible strop when he wasn’t allowed to take the subsequent spot kick.

Lambert said: “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 strop). 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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