Manchester City recorded their seventh rebound victory with a 1-0 win over Brighton at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.
Phil Foden’s half-time goal proved decisive, with young City passing Adam Webster with a fabulous first touch and passing the ball into the corner of the net.
Raheem Sterling kicked the stoppage time after Kevin De Bruyne was knocked down by Robert Sanchez – the only mistake the Seagulls goalkeeper made the entire game, having thwarted City with a number beautiful stops.
Let’s get into some player reviews.
Ederson (GK) – 6/10 – Held over a suitable distance, but otherwise there was little saving to do.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 5/10 – Wrestled a bit against the lively Tau, who got the better of him on several occasions.
Ruben Dias – 7/10 – Calm, confident and composed. Cleverly mopped the back and barely gave the ball away.
John Stones – 7/10 – Another quietly assured performance from Stones, who was hardly wrong.
Joao Cancelo – 7/10 – Chose Mahrez with a fantastic pass behind which the City forward should have scored and could have put himself on the scoresheet, but was denied by Sanchez.
Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – 6/10 – Held out by a strong hand from Sanchez in the second half.
Rodri (CM) – 6/10 – Generally stored on the ball because City largely dominated the possession.
Kevin De Bruyne (CM) – 7/10 – Chose Mahrez with a sumptuous ball behind in the first half, and was denied three times by three good saves from Sanchez. Brought back by Sanchez in stoppage time to win City’s kick.
Riyad Mahrez (RW) – 6/10 – Pulled a very good one-on-one opportunity narrowly in the second half after timing his run behind perfectly.
Bernardo Silva (ST) – 7/10 – Operating in the fake role of nine, rocked the crossbar in the second half after a skillful improvisation in the Brighton box to work in the shooting range.
Phil Foden (LW) – 8/10 – Gave City the lead on the stroke of halftime with a formidable touch to create the opening and low finish in the lower right corner.
Gabriel Jesus – 6/10
Raheem Sterling – 5/10 – Blazed a kick in the downtime.
Robert Sanchez (GK) – 7/10 – Made a selection of good saves to stop De Bruyne, Cancelo and Gundogan and keep Brighton in the contest. Conceded death penalty by bringing down De Bruyne.
Adam Webster (CB) – 6/10 – Did well to block a goal linked to De Bruyne’s effort in the first half. Was sold by Foden’s first touch in preparation for City’s opener which gave the England international plenty of room in the box for him to send home.
Lewis Dunk (CB) – 6/10 – Having been solid the entire match, was responsible for giving City a penalty to death with a weak header to Sanchez.
Dan Burn (CB) – 6/10 – Characterized Brighton’s performance with a tough and robust defensive change.
Joel Veltman (RWB) – 5/10 – Lost Foden in the preparation of City’s first match, the England international cheating on him with a tight turn.
Ben White (CM) – 6/10 – Operating in a slightly less familiar central midfielder role, was his usual self and broke play effectively.
Davy Propper (CM) – 5/10 – Hit a gently slapped effort from the edge of the zone in the second half – but it was straight to Ederson.
Bernardo (LWB) – 6/10 – Achieving a vital interception to cut a De Bruyne cross in the first half and prevent a Mahrez tap.
Percy Tau (FW) – 6/10 – Demonstrated a great turn in pace to snatch Zinchenko in the first half and looked very sharp every time he was in possession.
Leandro Trossard (ST) – 5/10 – Had Brighton’s best chance in the first half, but bent his efforts from inside the box just off.
Alexis Mac Allister (FW) – 6/10 – Sent Trossard with a fabulous volley pass in the first half, and was often the central creative force for any promising openings made by Brighton.
Mars Solly – 6/10
Neal Maupay – 5/10
Reda Jousef Khadra – N / A