Brighton and Hove Albion suffered a 2-0 defeat away to Champions, Manchester City at the Etihad.
City took the lead with half an hour on the clock, when a swift City counter attack saw Leroy Sane slide in a cross which Raheem Sterling tapped home.
Twenty minutes into the second half City doubled their lead, when Sterling’s pass found Sergio Aguero who converted to seal all three points.
Brighton’s Away Woes Continue
Albion have failed to win on their travels since November 2017, so coming back to The Amex empty handed is something they are getting used to.
The even more worrying thing for Brighton is this defeat was their 17th away game without a win and 12 of these have seen Brighton failing to score.
However, the Seagulls were not expected to get points against a City starting eleven which cost over fives times more than Brighton’s starting eleven.
Praise has to be given to the Seagulls as City had scored 19 goals and only conceded three going into the game, so to only concede two goals and go close on a couple of occasions will be pleasing for Brighton.
Seagulls Performed Well
Despite the loss, Brighton played superbly well. There were a few players who deserve a mention for their efforts.
The first is goalkeeper Matthew Ryan. The Australian keeper made numerous great saves to deny City from extending their lead.
The second was both the centre halves Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy. Both Dunk and Duffy put in some superb blocks to thwart the home side.
Duffy also again posed a big threat from a set pieces and corners, getting his head on the ball to create a couple of chances for Albion.
Brighton will feel unlucky not to have had a penalty in the final five minutes of the game, when a the ball struck Fernandinho’s arm in the box.
This is something Brighton will feel aggrieved about having had a penalty given against them last week for a handball. The penalty would have got Brighton back in the game and give City a final few nervy minutes.
The decision would have been something that would have perfect for VAR to come to aid of the referee who might have not seen it due to an obscured view for example.
Brighton now head back to the south coast to prepare for their next game at home to West Ham on Friday night.