Paul Lambert played down the on-pitch altercation between Jese Rodriguez and Charlie Adam and instead hailed the desire of Stoke City players for wanting to win.
The Potters were awarded a penalty in stoppage time at home to Brighton, with the scores finely poised at 1-1.
Jese wanted to take the penalty but was ousted by Adam, with several Stoke players having to restrain the irate on-loan Paris Saint-Germain forward.
The Scottish midfielder saw his penalty saved and, despite the draw keeping his side in the bottom three, Paul Lambert was not overly concerned about the dispute.
He said: “The way I look at that is that they want to score and they want to win the game which I think is important.
“I’d be more worried if everybody shied away from it but they were big enough to go up and hit it.
“Charlie [Adam] scored at Coventry a few weeks ago I think before we came in so that’s football .
“That’s the way football works – it was a big moment and obviously we’ve not taken it.”
It was a tense affair at the bet365 Stadium, with the visitors dominating the game resulting in the opening goal from Jose Izqueirdo.
Xherdan Shaqiri curled home a beautiful equaliser before the penalty drama ensued meaning it stayed 1-1 with the result not doing much to boost either side’s survival hopes.