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Manchester City 3 Brighton 1

Brighton have lost their last six visits to Manchester City so not even John Pargiter would have backed them yesterday.

As it happened Roberto de Zerbi set up the team well with asphyxiating man to man marking.

Inevitably Erling Haarland scored two first half goals making his tally this term so far 3 more than the whole Brighton team.

In the second half – after a Leandro Trossard strike from distance – we caused City a few problems until an equally fine shot by Kevin de Bruyne settled the issue. It’s now 2 points from 5 games under de Zerbi with Graham Potter and Chelsea visiting next Saturday.

Talking of Potter, I had to laugh as I watched Chelsea 1 Manchester United 1 at his new cool casual clobber and hip hair cut.

He may have been advised that appearances matter as the camera is trained on him.

With his salary of allegedly £10 million a year he could buy the brand, never mind let alone its gear, but the man from Solihull is now challenging sartorially the cool Spaniard and Italian – Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte.

Finally my deepest sympathy to Dick Knight, whose ticket for the Brentford game on Friday October 14th did not admit him to their stadium due to a bar code glitch.

He went into a rant which someone filmed and put on social media.

Dick Knight – now lifetime President – and one of the main heroes (if not saviour) of the 1990s in keeping Brighton afloat after we lost our Goldstone Ground and had to travel as far as Gillingham for home games, has suspended himself from his duties for the next ten games.

As one who has experienced such issues with Southern Fail – and spent a good half hour yesterday trying to buy a ticket on the Petworth Literary Festival website only to find that due to a “glitsch” the global payment function was not working right at the end of the transaction – I for one will welcome back Dick with open arms and I hope his return is in the full glare of social media.

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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