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22 June 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion's players celebrate after beating Manchester City on penalties.

Ahead of Brighton & Hove Albion’s opening fixture of the 2017/18 Premier League season, we take a look back at the club’s last meeting with Manchester City - a result which Chris Hughton’s team can certainly draw inspiration from.

Albion were drawn against the Premier League giants in the second round of the Carling Cup in 2008, and it proved a memorable night for the Seagulls, who were then plying their trade in the third tier of English football.

Under the guidance of Micky Adams, who returned for a second spell in charge at the club, Albion welcomed City boss Mark Hughes and his star-studded team to Withdean for a midweek cup clash under the floodlights.

The likes of Vincent Kompany, Daniel Sturridge and Pablo Zabaleta lined up for the Blues, with a Hart on the bench for either side - England goalkeeper Joe for the visitors and striker Gary for the Seagulls.

Weeks before the game, City spent £32.5m on Real Madrid striker Robinho, having been taken over by Arab investment company Abu Dhabi United Group. On the flip side, the Seagulls had recruited Preston North End striker Joe Anyinsah on loan.

After a goalless opening half, where Albion held their own, central midfielder Gelson Fernandes broke the deadlock after a free-flowing move from the Premier League side.

But with time running out for the Seagulls, Glenn Murray made the visitors pay for a number of missed chances, as he slotted home after Steve Thomson’s shot was parried into the striker’s path.

The match headed into extra-time and within five minutes, Albion found themselves in front after Anyinsah beat City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel from close range. However, parity was restored once again, this time through Stephen Ireland - which meant the game would be decided on penalties.

The opening seven spot-kicks were all dispatched with ease, before Albion goalkeeper Michel Kuipers denied Michael Ball with a fine save. That gave Ipswich loanee Matt Richards the opportunity to seal a memorable victory for the Seagulls - which is exactly what he did.

ALBION: Kuipers; Whing (Cook 85), Elphick, Virgo, El-Abd; Richards, Thomson, Livermore, Loft (Anyinsah 68), Fraser (Cox 74), Richards; Murray.

SUBS NOT USED: Sullivan (GK), Wills, Hart, Robinson.

MAN CITY: Schmeichel; Zabaleta, Kompany, Dunne, Ben-Haim, Ball; Ireland, Johnson (Elano 102), Fernandes, Sturridge (Evans 60); Jo (Ciacedo 91).

SUBS NOT USED: Hart (GK), Logan, Garrido, Hamann.

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