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Summary

  1. Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Prodl, Cathcart, Ake, Behrami, Watson, Capoue, Guedioura, Ighalo, Deeney.
  2. Stoke: Butland, Bardsley, Cameron, Wollscheid, Muniesa, Whelan, Imbula, Walters, Afellay, Arnautovic. Joselu.

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By Nathan Middleton

All times stated are UK

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Stoke manager impressed by young striker

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert says he has high hopes for young striker Tyrese Campbell.

The 18-year-old has featured in Checkatrade Trophy games for Stoke, but is yet to make a Premier League appearance.

Tyrese Campbell
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Lambert said he had spoken to the player about his work-rate and had to earn the right to play in the first team, but at the same time he can score goals has a "big future".

Butland backed by Stoke boss despite transfer 'rumours'

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Jack Butland
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Stoke City manager Paul Lambert says he doesn't expect goalkeeper Jack Butland to be affected by speculation linking him with a move elsewhere.

Butland tweet
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Rumours on social media this week claimed Butland had handed in a transfer request, something which the player and his manager were quick to deny.

Butland is one of the best goalkeepers in Europe, without doubt a terrific goalkeeper. This is the prime reason rumours fly about, they fly around about all the good players and he's certainly one of the best I've seen."

Paul LambertStoke City manager

The English coach preparing to face Arsenal in Europe

BBC Midlands Today

A former football league defender from Solihull is the only English manager left in European competition this season.

Graham Potter: The English coach making a name for himself in Sweden

Graham Potter currently manages Ostersunds FK who are in action tonight as they host Arsenal in the Europa League.

He played for Stoke City, Birmingham City, Shrewsbury Town and West Bromwich Albion during a 13-year career.

Stoke City chairman not writing off survival chances

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates says it's far too early to write off their chances of avoiding relegation.

They are in the Premier League's bottom two, but still have 11 games to play and he believes there will be some surprise results between now and the end of the season.

Peter Coates
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The chairman also said it was a mistake to assume they could pick up points from the other teams at the bottom of the table and that all games are difficult.

Each game will be different and and we've got to go out and get everything from every game we play."

Peter CoatesStoke City chairman

No blame for Stoke City players over penalty dispute

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert said he would not blame individuals after his side had a late penalty saved in a draw with Brighton at the Bet365 Stadium.

Charlie Adam looks on in dismay as Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan is congratulated by his team-mates for saving the Stoke midfielder's late spot-kick
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The relegation-threatened Potters were awarded a 90th-minute spot-kick when referee Bobby Madley judged Jese Rodriguez had been fouled by Dale Stephens.

Charlie Adam picked up the ball, prompting a frustrated Jese to complain about not being allowed to take it, and Adam's effort was saved by Brighton keeper Mat Ryan.

They wanted to win the game, which is normal, but they also want to score. Who is to say Jese would score? Nobody knows. I would never blame anybody. It is not a blame culture. We win as a team and we lose as a team."

Paul LambertStoke City manager
Charlie Adam insists on taking a penalty v Brighton

Greg O'Keeffe

BBC Sport

Stoke manager Paul Lambert says he will not blame individuals after a draw with Brighton at the Bet 365 Stadium in which the hosts had a late penalty saved.

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West Ham 2-0 Watford: David Moyes praises strikers after Watford win
Manager David Moyes says he is targeting a top-10 finish after his West Ham side put further distance between themselves and the relegation zone with 2-0 victory over Watford.
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Javier Hernandez celebrates scoring for West Ham

Neil Johnston

BBC Sport

David Moyes is targeting a top-10 finish after his West Ham side put further distance between themselves and the relegation zone with a 2-0 win over Watford.

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'It feels like a loss at the moment'

Stoke 1-1 Brighton

Stoke City

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland: "I thought the way we played, and the effort we put in and the intensity we created was first class. It feels like a loss at the moment, but since the manager came in our performances have improved a lot and we've picked up some decent form, there's definitely some positives to take.

"We didn't deserve to be a goal down in the game, they scored against the run of play, so now we just have to keep going and look ahead to Leicester in a couple of week's time."

On the incident before the penalty was taken: "Charlie Adam's taken penalties for us this season, so I've got no problem with him taking it."

'It won't happen again'

Stoke 1-1 Brighton

Stoke City

Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross on the incident before the penalty was taken: "We've seen it in the past when there's a couple of lads who want to take the penalty. It's difficult when you've got subs that come on, but it won't happen again, the gaffer's told us that.

"It's an emotional game, so it's difficult for [Jese], he obviously wants to take it, but as I say it won't happen again."

'Nobody likes to see that'

Stoke 1-1 Brighton

Stoke City

More from Paul Lambert on the incident between Jese and Charlie Adam: "Nobody likes to see that. But Charlie Adam scored the last one against Coventry, so he was confident, and I'm a big believer in players that have got confidence taking penalties."

Stoke 1-1 Brighton: Xherdan Shaqiri is 'world class' - Lambert
Stoke City boss Paul Lambert praises the performance of Xherdan Shaqiri, whose sixth goal of the season earned a 1-1 draw against Brighton at the Bet 365 Stadium.
Stoke 1-1 Brighton: Saved penalty feels like justice - Hughton
Brighton manager Chris Hughton says his side would have felt "very hard done by" if Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam had not seen his late penalty saved in the sides' 1-1 draw.

'Never a penalty in a million years'

Stoke 1-1 Brighton

Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton defender Lewis Dunk: "First half we were very good, we deserved to go in with the lead at half time. But they changed things and that made it difficult for us, obviously it was a crazy end with Mat Ryan making a great save and me making a block.

"I don't know how I got there to be honest, and I thought the ref was going to give another penalty. I thought that tackle was more of a penalty than the penalty that was given."

On the penalty decision: "Never a penalty in a million years, it was very soft, the ball was nowhere near him."

'Really disappointing'

Stoke 1-1 Brighton

Stoke City

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert speaking to MOTD: "It's really disappointing not to come away with the win. In the second half we were excellent, and after getting the penalty, it's especially tough to take.

"I changed the system at half time and it helped us out, it looked like we were a different side in that second half. Brighton are a difficult team to play against but it's still a good point for us."

On the penalty decision: "I thought there were one or two chances for a penalty before the one we got, but I'll have to watch it back."

On the altercation before the penalty was taken: "Charlie Adam always feels confident with taking them, but the good thing is that everyone wants to take them, everyone wants the responsibility. It would be more of a problem if people were shying away from taking them."

'It was an incredibly soft penalty' - Hughton

Stoke 1-1 Brighton

Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton manager Chris Hughton speaking to MOTD: "At this moment we feel like it's probably two points dropped, against a good Stoke side, who are in good form. I thought we had the better chances, but in a player like Xherdan Shaqiri, there's always that quality to get a goal."

On the penalty decision: "I certainly felt it was not a penalty, but it was a great save by Mat Ryan. It was incredibly soft, you've got two players holding each other, if anything my player is pushing him away and the Stoke lad has gone down very easily. I think it's very, very harsh.

"But saying that, both the save and the tackle were excellent, and we needed Mat Ryan again to make a save straight after from the corner. If you ever need a reason for players following up a penalty, Lewis Dunk has showed why with that tackle."

On Jose Izquierdo: "It's not just about scoring goals it's his contribution throughout the game, and he's really settling in well now."

'It's vital to take points off teams around us in the league' - Ryan

Stoke 1-1 Brighton

Brighton & Hove Albion

Mathew Ryan
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Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan speaking after the match: "It looked like a pretty soft penalty - but I was fortunate to pick the right way and keep it out - and straight after that Lewis Dunk making that tackle and then Anthony Knockaert blocking on the line - it just shows how much character there is in this team.

"It's vital to take points off teams around us in the league and we did that today, but we have to be more ruthless. We're on a decent run at the moment, with two home games next up, so hopefully we can get two home wins."

On Jose Izquierdo: "His confidence seems to be growing and growing, that's only good for us and him."

'Huge, huge moment'

Stoke 1-1 Brighton

Leon Osman

Former Everton midfielder on Final Score

It's an unbelievable save from Mat Ryan and it's an unbelievable tackle from Lewis Dunk - I don't know how he got there. The initial penalty decision looked pretty soft, so maybe justice has been done there. Jese wanted to take it, and the Charlie Adam's stepped up, and missed. A huge, huge moment.

'Great strike from Shaqiri'

Stoke 1-1 Brighton

Mark Schwarzer

Ex-Chelsea keeper on Final Score

Xherdan Shaqiri has got to play an even bigger part for Stoke now since Marko Arnautovic moved on. And it's a great strike, it's started outside the post and it's moved in - a really tough one for Mat Ryan. Brighton just didn't get out to him quick enough there.

'Stoke have been very poor'

Stoke 0-1 Brighton

Leon Osman

Former Everton midfielder on Final Score

Stoke have been very poor, Brighton have gone there and have been on the front foot all afternoon. You'd certainly expect more from Stoke, on a day what a lot of people have described as a 'must win game'.

'Three points would be massive for Brighton'

Stoke 0-1 Brighton

Mark Schwarzer

Ex-Chelsea keeper on Final Score

If Brighton can hold on for the three points here it'll be absolutely massive for them - it's so tight and congested down at the bottom of the table - it'll do masses for their confidence too.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton
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'Great goal from Izquierdo'

Stoke 0-1 Brighton

Leon Osman

Former Everton midfielder on Final Score

It was a great goal from Jose Izquierdo, he seemed surprised that he'd scored himself to be honest, because he didn't celebrate. That goal is exactly what that game needed to get it going.

Brighton celebrate
Reuters

Team news

West Ham v Watford (15:00 GMT)

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Hammers boss David Moyes makes two changes to the side that started the 3-1 defeat at Brighton last Saturday.

In come forward Marko Arnautovic and midfielder Michail Antonio, while Sam Byram and Declan Rice drop to the bench.

West Ham XI: Adrian, Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyate, Noble, Antonio, Joao Mario, Arnautovic, Hernandez.

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Unsurprisingly, Watford head coach Javier Gracia names the same side that started the 4-1 win over champions Chelsea on Monday.

Watford XI: Karnezis, Holebas, Prodl, Mariappa, Janmaat, Doucoure, Zeegelaar, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney, Richarlison.

'Goal-fest unlikely'

Stoke v Brighton (15:00 GMT)

Martin Fisher

Match of the Day commentator

Paul Lambert
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West Brom and Southampton served up a goal feast for me last weekend, but I can't see this match doing the same. No more than two goals at best, I reckon.

Paul Lambert was adamant his Stoke side deserved at least a point at Bournemouth last week but that defeat leaves them in the relegation zone.

Supporters have seen improved performances since the Scot replaced Mark Hughes, but anything less than three points from this one will seriously dampen the Potters' positivity.

Boosted by their vital win over West Ham, Chris Hughton's Brighton now need to address their woeful away form: a paltry two points and a pitiful one goal from their last seven on the road. Worryingly, they haven't won in Stoke for 57 years.

'Booze barge' for fans

Fans making their way along the canal to the game between Stoke City and Brighton will notice a new boat selling beer.

It'll be based near to the stadium, alongside the one that sells oatcakes.

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Owner Wayne Sadler said it had taken him eight months to get all the necessary licences and insurance, but he thought there was a demand from fans.

There's not many pubs and bars on the canal towpath that are running any more. They've all been shut down."

Wayne SadlerCanal boat owner

Jese could make return for Stoke City

On-loan forward Jese could make his return for Stoke City against Brighton tomorrow.

The Spanish forward has been out for more than 10 weeks because of personal reasons, but manager Paul Lambert says he's part of his plans for the weekend.

Jese
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Lambert reported Jese's fitness levels were "down a little bit" from his extended break, but thought he did well in an under-23s game in the week.

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Young players impressing

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke City's assistant manager Stuart Taylor says several fringe players are starting to impress the manager.

On Monday night the reserves beat Middlesborough with Tyrese Campbell scoring twice and Ramadan Sobhi also on target.

Tyrese Campbell
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Jesé and defender Kevin Wimmer were also named in the starting 11.

Age doesn't come into it, if you're good enough then you're old enough."

Stuart TaylorStoke City assistant manager

Watford thump Chelsea 4-1 to pile pressure on Conte

BBC Sport

Daryl Janmaat scored the first of Watford's late three strikes
Reuters

Watford scored three late goals to win Javi Gracia's first home game in charge in an "unforgettable night" for their manager and increase the pressure on Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte says he "doesn't know " why his side performed so poorly.
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Watford manager Javi Gracia says his side's 4-1 win over Chelsea was 'unforgettable'
Watford manager Javi Gracia says his side's 4-1 win over Chelsea was 'unforgettable'.
Watford celebrate

Emlyn Begley

BBC Sport

Watford score three late goals to win Javi Gracia's first home game in charge and increase the pressure on Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte.

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Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke City: Lambert frustrated with 'unacceptable' marking
Stoke manager Paul Lambert is not happy after his side lost from a winning position at Bournemouth - the Potters' first defeat since Lambert took charge.
Bournemouth goal

Michael Emons

BBC Sport

Bournemouth come from behind to beat Stoke City as Paul Lambert suffers his first defeat in charge of the Potters.

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe praises substitutes Joshua King and Lys Mousset, who both came off the bench to score as the Cherries came from behind to beat Stoke City 2-1.