Date: 12th February 2018 at 1:48pm
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Brighton centre half Lewis Dunk has said he felt justice was served when Mat Ryan saved Stoke City’s penalty as the weekend’s clash came to an end.

With Brighton taking the lead through Jose Izquierdo and then seeing Xherdan Shaqiri tie the scores up in the second period, Stoke certainly put the pressure on as the game came to a close but with the penalty award being so soft, Dunk addressed that as he met with the media following the game.

Having put in the challenge on Charlie Adam that stopped him from putting home the rebound, he told the Official Site that he felt when the match day referee watched it back later in the evening, he’d clearly see he made a mistake even if he didn’t admit it.

‘Never in a million years. I thought it was very soft, but the ref gave it and we had to deal with it. When he watches it back, it will be up to him to decide what he thinks of it. Maty then came to the rescue and saved it, and I don`t know I got back to make the tackle! Maybe he thought it was too easy and concentrated for too long. Luckily I got back and thankfully the referee didn`t give another penalty.’

Dunk actually joked about his challenge with shouts for a penalty and even a handball from some.

‘I thought my challenge was more of a penalty than the one the referee gave, but thankfully he didn`t. It was a big point, but I thought we should`ve got more out of it.’

Reflecting on the performance overall and moving on from the penalty incident, Dunk went on to say that he felt our first half performance was right up there with our best so far this campaign – it’s just a shame we couldn’t get the second goal.

‘It`s up there with the best we`ve performed. I thought we did very well in the first half and definitely deserved the lead. I think it`s one of the best footballing goals we`ve scored all season. The one-two-one-two was unbelievable. Jose showing what he can do and hopefully he`s got more to come. The pressure builds and gets harder and harder. You just have to keep fighting and do everything not to concede. They scored a good whipped goal which the keeper had no chance of saving. We did well to keep the scoreline at 1-1.’

Brighton now face three straight home ties across the Cup and league competitions, starting with Coventry City and Swansea City respectively.

‘We`ve got two big games coming up, one in the cup and then one against Swansea in the league. We`ve got to focus on those two now and make sure continue our good cup run and get three points in the league when we face Swansea.’

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