Foden strikes as Man City beat Brighton to extend unbeaten run

Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Man City v Brighton

Pep Guardiola's side have games in hand, of course.

That return from 22 appearances may not be devastatingly prolific, but in a season in which City have struggled to replicate their usual emphatic scorelines, it is a crucial contribution which has kept his side in contention in four competitions. "Gareth, I don't know but I am sure he was really impressed by him, like all of us". "The amount of games, the assists compared to the bigger stars in football", Guardiola said of the forward. 'They made it really hard for us to break them down.

Foden found the back of the net a minute before half-time and that proved to be enough for Pep Guardiola's men to make it eight games without defeat - including four straight wins - in the top flight.

Meanwhile, Manchester City took the lead late in the first half thanks to a superb goal from Phil Foden. It is a good lesson for us.

The boyhood City fan is desperate to play in every game and gives everything whether he's taking on title rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge or facing Championship outfit Birmingham in the FA Cup.

De Bruyne tested Sanchez again with a powerful shot following a corner and the Belgian also had a free-kick blocked after Adam Webster was deemed to have passed back to his keeper.

It was the England international's eighth goal of the season - he is City's top-scorer in all competitions.

If there was a moment in this match where it was clear City had found themselves, it came a couple of minutes before Foden's first-half victor.

The 20-year-old wriggled past two Brighton defenders and stroked the ball inside the near post from the edge of the box with his right foot.

Riyad Mahrez could have doubled City's lead shortly before the hour mark but sent his left-footed shot wide after being put through.

Brighton were not completely devoid of ambition and went close when Leonardo Trossard curled a shot just beyond the far post. Gundogan forced a good save from Sanchez and the rebound fell to Bernardo Silva, who turned and thumped a shot against the woodwork.

Mahrez was unable to supply the finish at the end of an intricate move around the visitors' box, before De Bruyne was again denied by Sanchez following a counter-attack from Brighton's first corner.

But City lacked the control they had in the first period and never looked entirely comfortable with such a narrow lead.

Brighton engineered some promising situations but failed to properly test Ederson.

Worst of all was Sterling's terrible injury-time spot-kick - his third straight penalty miss, which should ensure that he is not entrusted with the responsibility again for the foreseeable future.

City's win was their fourth in succession in the Premier League and extended their unbeaten run to 14 games in all competitions.

But Ederson was back in goal following a spell on the sidelines after testing positive for Covid-19 and Gabriel Jesus, who also contracted the virus, appeared as a second-half substitute.



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