PHIL FODEN’S very good first half winner gave Manchester Metropolis a fourth straight Premier League win and stored them firmly within the title body.
The England starlet has been in nice type since he was given an everyday beginning spot by Pep Guardiola simply earlier than Christmas.
Phil Foden broke the impasse for Manchester Metropolis towards Brighton simply earlier than the breakCredit score: Information Group Newspapers Ltd
Foden was mobbed by his team-mates after scoring his eighth of the seasonCredit score: Information Group Newspapers Ltd
And his purpose and all spherical show right here will need to have caught the attention of watching Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.
It may change into an enormous second in Metropolis’s season as they got a giant check right here by Graham Potter’s assured aspect.
The Etihad boss had mentioned earlier than the sport how extremely he charges the Seagulls and no surprise on this proof.
Albion had gained solely certainly one of their final 15 Premier League matches and not one of the final eight- so this appeared a banker on paper.
But to Potter’s credit score he determined to take the sport to Metropolis early on – enjoying with three forwards to ask a couple of questions.
It appeared to unsettle the house aspect – who had been once more enjoying with no recognised centre ahead – within the early phases.
Metropolis had gained their final three within the league to quietly put themselves into the title race – whereas additionally progressing in each home cups.
Metropolis progressively obtained into their stride although as Ilkay Gundogan performed a neat one two to place De Bruyne by means of however Robert Sanchez obtained down well to save lots of.
Kevin De Bruyne was as soon as once more on the coronary heart of most Metropolis assaultsCredit score: Information Group Newspapers Ltd
However a giant probability got here on the different finish as Alexis MacAllister put Leandro Trossard in with an opportunity however he curled his shot large of the far publish.
Adam Webster was penalised for passing again to his keeper Sanchez near the half hour mark but when something the free-kick was too near the purpose.
There have been too many our bodies for De Bruyne to get his 10 yard kick by means of and MacAllister was capable of block.
The Belgian was beginning to boss the sport and his low cross nearly reached Riyad Mahrez on the again publish however Brighton’s Bernardo obtained hit foot there first.
Then he led a breakaway which noticed him swap passes with Phil Foden earlier than bringing a sensible save from the visiting keeper.
It felt like a purpose was coming and positive sufficient it was these two who mixed once more to make the breakthrough simply earlier than the break.
De Bruyne slipped the ball into Foden whose good first contact took him away from Webster and Joel Veltman earlier than he struck a low 20 yard shot into the nook.
His eighth purpose of the season – making him Metropolis’s high scorer – was well timed with Gareth Southgate within the stands.
Pep Guardiola’s aspect are as much as third within the Premier League deskCredit score: Information Group Newspapers Ltd
Foden is lastly getting his run within the crew and Pep Guardiola is reaping the rewards.
Such was the reduction at breaking Brighton’s resistence, a number of gamers ran in to offer the England ace a hug – regardless of repeated warnings that should not occur.
Metropolis had a spring of their step after the break as Mahrez latched onto Joao Cancelo’s go however rolled his shot large of the far publish.
Gundogan’s effort was saved by Sanchez and from the rebound Silva clattered the skin of the angle with the rebound.
Cancelo then noticed his shot blocked after a weaving run into the field and De Bruyne had a shot saved by Sanchez.
It was means again on November 8 final time a striker scored a Premier League purpose for Metropolis – eight video games in the past – and Guardiola threw on Gabriel Jesus to attempt to end this one off.
However the Seagulls had been comfortable to play Metropolis at their very own sport and had been very a lot nonetheless in it.
Ederson stored a clear sheet on the Etihad on his return to the beginning XICredit score: Information Group Newspapers Ltd
Raheem Sterling blazed a penalty excessive over the bar on the finish of the matchCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Solely a wonderfully timed final ditch sort out by John Stones denied Neal Maupay as he burst by means of on purpose – whereas a flurry of late corners got here to nothing.
A horrible combine up late on noticed Dunk’s header again fall brief – De Bruyne upended by Sanchez and ref Darren England pointed to the spot.
Raheem Sterling who had solely been on the pitch a couple of minutes took the penalty however skied it excessive over the bar.
Ultimately it did not matter as Metropolis noticed the sport out.