Izquierdo earns Brighton point in Stoke duel

Ross Houston
November 21, 2017

The visitors went ahead through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting but Pascal Gross equalised just before the break only for Kurt Zouma to head Stoke back in front moments later.

The run of games to conclude the year begin Monday with the visit of Stoke City, which had Hughton saying " It's a busy period coming up and maybe some will deal with it better than others.

Before the win at Swansea, the Seagulls recorded a 3-0 hammering of West Ham, prompting Hughton to say "We're on the back of two away wins, which is something that gives us a lot of gratification and to now get back-to-back wins would show the level we're playing at and our capabilities as a squad".

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Hughton added: "What we have to be is realistic".

Stoke, for whom Peter Crouch made a Premier League record 143rd appearance as a substitute, remain 15th, but are now four points clear of the bottom three. We were not at our best today. They're a very manly team and I didn't think we probed enough.

But the majority in the Amex Stadium were convinced the home side should have been awarded a 39th-minute penalty when referee Lee Mason ignored claims Ryan Shawcross had brought Glenn Murray down inside the area.

Xherdan Shaqiri's fine, raking pass from the halfway line fell perfectly into the path of Choupo-Moting, who expertly plucked the ball from the sky before planting a shot past Mat Ryan.

The Colombian repeatedly found space behind wing-back Mame Diouf but lacked the composure to produce the final ball that would have allowed Brighton to take an early lead.

A strong run by Propper took the Dutchman through the Stoke midfield and out to the right hand flank where he pulled a low ball back towards Gross who swept the ball home first time from 12 yards.

"Any away point gained is a good result usually, but having got into a winning position twice that's where the disappointment lies".

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