Raheem Sterling takes on Dale Stephens and Alireza Jahanbakhsh. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Gabriel Jesus got the only goal of the game after just three minutes. Brighton pressed for an equaliser and had a few half-chances but were unable to create a clear opportunity to draw level.
No chance with early Jesus opener. Comfortably saved Gundogan shot in the second half and produced two superb stops to deny Sterling. Went about his business quietly. Kept Sterling quiet in the first half and the winger swapped sides in the second period. Jesus got behid Albion's central defender to head City in front early on. Made a few crucial headed clearances and a nuisance for City at attacking set-pieces. Early block to stop De Bruyne's cross and late block to keep out Sterling's goalbound shot. Strong defensive showing. Booked. Early goal came after a cross his side but got forward when possible. Excellent covering challenge to stop Bernardo Silva cross in the first half. Had to work hard to keep Albion in possession when they got the ball. Some nice touches in the middle of the park. Dragged Albion's first effort wide from 20 yards after 20 minutes. Looked to drive Brighton forward when he got on the ball. Sent Knockaert away late in the first half. Subbed. Energetic showing and looked to show off his tricks down the wing. Swapped wings regularly with Jahanbakhsh. Drove one shot over from a tight angle. Sponsor's man of the match. Looked to hold the ball up. Had the ball pinched off his toes by Laporte just as was about to pounce to equalise. Subbed. Full of running and interchanged on the wings with Knockaert throughout the first half. Involved in incident with Walker for which the City full-back was booked. Subbed. Replaced Murray after 65 minutes. Sent on for Jahanbakhsh 20 minutes from time. Sent on for Bissouma late on. Little to deal with shot-wise for the City keeper. Booked for violent conduct after incident with Jahanbakhsh. VAR decided yellow was sufficient and no red. Subbed at half-time. Got back well to thwart Albion's chance of a break midway through the first half. Volleyed half-chance over late in the first half. Comfortable playing the ball out from the back. Hooked the ball clear to prevent Murray from equalising. Back in the City team for the first time since January. Solid at left-back. Subbed late on. Kept City on the ball and played some lovely long passes. Outstanding cross led to Jesus heading City into an early lead. Always a threat from set-pieces. Subbed. Involved in the build-up for City's early opener. Lively. Failed to make the most of one opening midway through the first half when his cross went straight to Ryan. Made a bright early run and cross was cut out by Duffy. Always a pacy threat down the left. Had two shots saved well by Ryan in the second half. Led the line with Sergio Aguero ruled out and dived to head home low cross after just three minutes. Replaced Walker at half-time. Booked early in the second half. Came on for the last 25 minutes. Late introduction for Mendy.