Manager keen to move on from penalty episode...
PAUL LAMBERT says his Stoke City squad have quickly moved on from last weekend’s penalty incident and that the situation won’t manifest with 11 games remaining to retain the Club’s Premier League status.
The Potters were awarded a spot-kick in the final stages of Saturday’s game at home to Brighton & Hove Albion with Charlie Adam and Jese both eager to claim the ball and win the game.
It was Adam who ultimately won the battle to take the penalty, however the Scotsman saw his effort saved by Mathew Ryan, before Lewis Dunk managed to clear the rebound at the feet of the midfielder.
Lambert won’t allow a blame culture to exist within the squad and says he is pleased to know that he has players in the team who were willing to step up to the mark and not shy away from the responsibility.
“That happened on Saturday and I’m not one of those to let an issue spread,” the 48-year-old told stokecityfc.com.
“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.
“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.”
He added: “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.
“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.”