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Brighton 1 Manchester City 4

Before this match I jotted down the City midfield :

Phil Foden

Kevin De Bruyne

Mahrez

Gundoyan

Fernandinho

Silva

Jack Grealish

I must have left someone out. It was Rodri.

So when I heard we had guests and my wife suggested a later start for dinner so I might go to the Amex I replied that I would watch the match on TV as I could nee no other results than a massacre of Brighton.

I predicted 4-0.

When you have such depth as City possess you do not need an out-and-out striker and there is real competition in places.

Graeme Souness regularly criticises the Grealish acquisition for not fitting into the City fast tempo style.

In my view, he offers a different option as the finest English dribbler since Paul Gascoigne. He played yesterday and was involved in a running feud with Joel Veltman. Brighton were three down in the first half but played more competitively in the second which was – as it were – 1-1.

I had made the right call.

Brighton are fourth but the 5 teams below them are within 3 points. We have only scored once – and that was from the penalty spot – in the last 3 games.

We need to get Adam Webster and Yves  Bissouma back as soon as possible and start Qadir Lamptey, whose liveliness and pace were the spark for the second half improved performance.

About Ivan Conway

Ivan Conway will be reporting on Sussex sport. He is a member of the 1901 club at Brighton HAFC, Sussex County Cricket Club and an enthusiastic horse race goer. After selling his freight forwarding and conference business he settled in Hove. His other interests are bird watching, brass rubbing and bridge. More Posts