PETER CROUCH created one other piece of Premier League historical past as he made his 143rd substitute’s look to assist Stoke to a helpful level.
The previous England centre-forward has already scored extra top-flight headers than another participant and now has one other file for his assortment.
But if Crouch will take a everlasting reminder of his particular second again to the Potteries, referee Lee Mason will need to neglect his night time’s work as quickly as attainable.
What a pity they didn’t have a video assistant to assist out the short-sighted official who missed Ryan Shawcross’ blatant first-half journey on Brighton striker Glenn Murray.
For whereas Mark Hughes’ group had been effectively value their level from an unexpectedly entertaining match, there will be no query that the Seagulls had been robbed of the victory which might have taken them again to eighth place within the desk.
All the early operating got here from the guests, who made their attacking intentions clear from the sixth minute when Mame Diouf’s shot was deflected over by Gaetan Bong.
Shawcross’ highly effective back-post header required a pointy save from Matt Ryan earlier than Davy Propper’s slip gave Xherdan Shaqiri one other taking pictures alternative which Lewis Dunk did effectively to cost down.
A second Shawcross header was extra comfortably handled by Ryan as Stoke regarded to capitalise on their early dominance.
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But of their rush to get ahead they left the again door extensive open and will have paid the value when Propper’s 19th minute by means of ball gave Jose Izquierdo a transparent run on aim.
However with team-mates screaming for a sq. move, the Colombian winger went for glory and curled his shot extensive of the far publish.
RYAN SHAWCROSS’ foul on Glenn Murray was a transparent penalty.
It’s one of many best calls a referee will ever get to make.
Ref Lee Mason was in an awesome place to identify it however switched off and acquired it horribly fallacious. Then he’s taking a look at his assistant — I do not know why!
It was a rattling sight nearer than Izquierdo’s subsequent effort, which went for a throw-in to the amusement of the Stoke followers.
And people travelling supporters had much more to snort about when their group seized a 27th minute with a aim of actual high quality.
Shaqiri’s lovely move excessive caught the back-pedalling Brighton defence interesting in useless for offside as Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting introduced the ball out of the sky with an beautiful first contact earlier than sliding his shot into the underside nook.
It was the Cameroon striker’s first aim since his double towards Manchester United in September and not more than Stoke deserved for his or her constructive strategy.
However they acquired away with homicide when Murray was despatched flying by Shawcross’ mistimed 39th minute problem.
It was as clear a penalty as you will notice all season but ref Lee Mason and his assistant each failed to identify the blindingly apparent.
Even the mild-mannered Chris Hughton was left fuming by the choice to award a free-kick to Stoke as he delivered an earful to embarrassed fourth official Kevin Good friend.
Spurred on by the burning sense of injustice, Brighton pressured their means again into the sport when Propper’s surging 44th minute run rook him previous 4 Stoke defenders earlier than his low cross was swept contained in the close to publish by Pascal Gross.
However they may not keep parity for greater than a few minutes earlier than Darren Fletcher’s nook in first-half stoppage time was nodded throughout aim by Choupo-Moting for Kurt Zouma to energy residence.
And Stoke ought to have prolonged their lead 5 minutes after the break when Ramadan Sobhi pounced on one other sloppy move by Propper however was thwarted by Ryan’s cost from his line.
Brighton, although, refused to chuck within the towel and levelled once more on the hour.
Zouma’s failure to clear Dale Stephens’ cross allowed Murray to tee up Izquierdo with a cunningly disguised reverse move.
And although the winger’s tried pull-back was blocked by Kevin Wimmer, there was no stopping his follow-up effort as he lashed his shot contained in the far publish.
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FACTS, STATS, GOALS & LOLS
- Confidence was excessive within the Potteries with Stoke going into the conflict on the again of eight straight wins towards the Seagulls.
- Ryan Shawcross was so fortunate to not concede a penalty towards Glenn Murray that even Stoke’s official twitter account admitted the ref made a mistake.
- There have been simply 120 seconds between Brighton’s leveller and Kurt Zouma placing Stoke forward.
- Darren Fletcher’s 326 Premier League appearances is greater than another Scottish participant.
- Stoke have not received successive away matches within the Premier League since October 2015
- Peter Crouch got here off the bench to interrupt a Premier League file of being probably the most subbed on participant ever with 143 – another than Shola Ameobi.
- Mark Hughes left Stoke followers baffled when he substituted Stoke’s greatest crosser of the ball, Xherdan Shaqiri, for goal man Peter Crouch
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