Lambert rues Everton's 'offside' opener in costly Stoke City defeat

Lynette Rowe
March 19, 2018

Everton won against Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Stoke equalised shortly after as substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting turned in Joe Allen's superb cross with his only touch of the game as he had to be immediately stretchered off after appearing to pull his groin, but were caught sleeping only minutes after as Tosun grabbed his second of the game with a bullet header from Theo Walcott's cross.

Tosun made it four goals in his last three games for the Toffees with a double at the bet365 Stadium, including an 84th-minute victor to seal all three points against the 10-man Potters.

Stoke had Charlie Adam sent off before halftime for a rash foul on Wayne Rooney but defended resolutely to hold the visitors at bay until the 69th minute when Tosun scored from close range after having a first attempt saved.

The Toffees hit the magic 40-point mark that means relegation is highly unlikely following their 2-1 away victory at Stoke City.

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He was upset, however, at Tosun's opening goal, feeling the Turkish player was offside for his initial effort, which was saved by Butland before the ball came back to him.

Speaking straight after the game, Lambert told the media: "The first goal was crucial, and it was offside". We coped very well with 10 men.

Choupo-Moting was only on the pitch seven minutes, coming on in the 72nd minute, scoring the equaliser and then hobbling off.

"I think the quality of the finish caught everyone out, including the goalkeeper, but it was very hard today to put any quality together because of the wind and snow". Allardyce said that he had no doubts about the striker's ability in front of goal despite his slow start.

"You want the top-quality marksman to turn the game in your favour and I think Cenk has done that".

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