Stoke were trailing to an Eden Hazard penalty when the Scotland international spotted home keeper Thibaut Courtois playing his traditional ‘sweeper role’ and tried his luck from fully 65 metres.
A second-half goal from Loic Remy ensured the points remained at Stamford Bridge but Adam, who regularly attempted the feat while at Liverpool -??according to Jamie Carragher??-??and scored one from a similar distance for Blackpool reserves in 2009, admitted the result was all that mattered.
???It???s one of these things that happened in the game that you don???t seen very often and lucky enough it was me who managed to do it,??? Adam told Sky Sports News HQ.
???Jamie Carragher pointed out the other day that you can try and try and you can have a few bad efforts – which happens – but the thing is I???ve always had the character to step up and try it again.
???Lucky enough it went in and it was a great goal but the disappointing thing was we lost the game and I???ve always said that winning the game would have been more important than scoring that goal.???
The win would have been a valuable one for Stoke, who currently sit in 10th place on the Premier League table with an outside chance of qualifying for Europe.
While his effort has jumped to the front of goal of the year contenders, Adam said every player has had occasion to consider a long-range shot and that he was simply fortunate enough to see Courtois standing at the edge of the 18-yard box.
???You always have a look to see and he was so far off his line, and I just thought why not? Stamford Bridge, at the Champions to be, and lucky enough for me it went in.???