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FIVE THINGS: MANCHESTER CITY

13 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood

Although Brighton & Hove Albion were beaten by Manchester City on Saturday evening, there were plenty of positives to take from the club’s first game in the Premier League. Here’s five reasons to be cheerful ahead of next week’s trip to Leicester City…

Amazing support

The atmosphere inside the Amex was electric, as the fans stepped up to the manager and chairman's rallying call. Chris Hughton mentioned in his post-match press conference that yesterday was a “club day” and this was heightened even more by the visit of title favourites Manchester City. The attendance of 30,415 set a new record at the Amex.

Tough to break down

Albion showed resilience for 70 minutes and were rarely penetrated by City’s talented attack. The wealth of City’s squad was shown in the fact that their bench cost more than the Amex and Albion's entire squad. City boss Pep Guardiola said, “The manager is top [quality] and they have strong central defenders… They are so well organised; to attack them is not easy.”
 
Solly on the march

The winger showed good composure on the ball when hassled by Manchester City’s high press. He also covered skipper Bruno well with the perpetual threat from Danilo and Kevin de Bruyne on City’s left flank. A mature performance was rewarded by the sponsors Focus Group as their choice for Man of the Match Award.
 
New signings settling

Mathew Ryan, Markus Suttner, Davy Propper and Pascal Gross made their debuts and impressed on what could have been an even more difficult afternoon. Gross provided creativity in midfield with Propper, while Suttner defended valiantly for 70 minutes. Goalkeeper Ryan admitted the second goal “took him by surprise” but otherwise played solidly and made a great save from a Jesus header in the first half. Izzy Brown also impressed in his fleeting appearance, although his debut was curtailed by injury.
 
Close to a Knockaert punch

Anthony Knockaert played the final 15 minutes as he returned from an ankle injury, and looked lively from the offset. Twice he ran in behind the City defence and created openings, with his pace causing trouble among the City back-three. When the Frenchman returns to full fitness, Hughton will be hoping he can begin to reproduce some of the performances which saw him land Championship Player of the Year last season.


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