Date: 15th February 2018 at 3:50pm
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Manager Paul Lambert has restated that there’s no blame culture at Stoke City and everyone has moved on from Charlie Adams penalty miss against Brighton.

As we all know, we were awarded the late penalty in the game with Adam and Jese both eager to take the shot. Adam won that battle but saw his effort saved and Lewis Dunk then put in a challenge that was arguably a penalty of its own, to stop him from netting the rebound.

Speaking to the Official Website as he met with the media this week, Lambert said that everyone in the camp had moved on from the incident.

‘That happened on Saturday and I`m not one of those to let an issue spread. It wasn`t the first time something like that has happened in football and it won`t be the last. I`ve seen great players take penalties and I`ve seen great players shy away from them; I`ve played with great players who didn`t want to take one on given day.’

Lambert went on to say in an effort to prove his point.

‘The only two people hitting penalties consistently are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – and even they miss and they`re the best players in the world. It was a great opportunity for us to win but it never materialised. I think our performance in the second half still deserved three points.’

The Scotsman went on to say that he was just pleased that players had the confidence to step up in such moments, and that’s how penalties will be dealt with in the future as ultimately everybody misses at some point during their career.

‘There are some really good players there and I know what it`s like in that situation. I`ve played with great players who have not wanted to take a pressure penalty, there have been designated penalty takers who have shied away from it, I`ve seen guys who will hit penalties who you`d never thought would take one and scored. It goes to whoever is most confident, whoever feels good at that moment.’

He added.

‘If you had said to before that Charlie was going to step up I`d have been happy because he`s got a great left foot. The goalkeeper made a great save. The follow-up, yes, he should have got on the end of that but these things happen. It`s not a blame culture.’

With eleven games left in the season, Lambert also said that 24 year old Jese more than had a part to play in our run in following the time off he took when his son was born prematurely.

‘He`s playing a bit of catch up, Jese, but the 20 minutes he came on last Saturday he offered us something different. I don`t think he`s near the match level of fitness I need, right at the minute, but he provides that bit of spark and magic that can unlock defences. I thought his contribution against Brighton was pretty decent. He`s got a key role to play, definitely he has. The sad thing is that he`s had his problems away from the ground. Hopefully that is better now and we can start getting him fitter than what he is.’

With the heated conversation between Adam and Jese, just like the miss, Lambert said he’d moved on from that flash point even though it was good to see.

‘We spoke about it after the game and as far as I was concerned, as soon as everyone said their peace, that was it. It can`t manifest into anything else because you`re a team and one week it could be someone else who`s getting stick, the next it`s someone else. You`re a team, it`s not an individual game, and even if individuals can give you a bit of brilliance, on the whole they can only play as well the guy next to them. It was an incident you don`t want to see again but the good thing was that they all wanted to hit it. I would be worried if no one wanted to take it and there was a confidence thing, but a few of them wanted it.’

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