Manchester City began their Premier Little league campaign with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at newly-promoted Brighton upon Saturday.
A second-half strike through Sergio Aguero and an own-goal from the unfortunate Lewis Dunk ensured Pep Guardiola’s side strike the ground running on the weekend break when many of their name rivals faltered.
If you had been too busy to catch all of of the action from the particular Amex, fear not. Sportsmail’s DANIEL MATTHEWS was on hand to help keep an eye on proceedings. Â
Manchester City won 2-0 away at Brighton to take an earlier march on some associated with their title rivals
David Silva really does his best Guardiola impressionÂ
Midfield maestro David Silva is really a man associated with many talents. Â The Spain worldwide has shown since moving towards the Premier League that intricate transferring and dribbling are among their best attributes. Â
But now Silva can seemingly add impressions to that particular list. The 31-year-old, normally recognisable by his lengthy brown locks, has returned this season along with a new look -The Verve Guardiola. Â
Or which is view associated with some fans, who think their new hair-style – or absence of it – has converted him into a double associated with his manager. It’s certainly attractive. Â
Some supporters joked that David Silva’s new new hair-do made him look like their City manager
… Meanwhile Chris Hughton got in on the action, sporting a Sean Dyche-esque goatee. Â
Brighton manager Bob Hughton together with his own bearded impact of Burnley’s Sean Dyche
Pep Guardiola, fashion icon
The sight of John Kidd in jeans and instructors was undoubtedly one of the particular highlights of Guardiola’s trophy-less initial season in charge.
And the previous Barcelona boss has picked upward in which he left off last calendar year, raising eyebrows at the Amex with an eye-catching new get-up.
White polo shirt, tight dark v-neck jumper, even whiter instructors and even tighter beige chinos. The thigh-and-calf-hugging trousers proved especially popular. Move aside with a person hat and tracksuit, Pulis. Â
Pep Guardiola’s interesting selection of attire attracted a excellent deal of attention at the particular Amex
Gerrard and Lampard renew their particular partnershipÂ
For years they were 2 of the finest midfielders within the country.
But the recognized inability of Steven Gerrard plus Frank Lampard to play jointly reached symbolise the woes associated with the ‘Golden Generation’.
The 2 club-rivals and international team-mates restored their partnership on Saturday night time. They were back on the particular pitch at the Amex, coming together for BT Sport. Where had been Owen Hargreaves when you required him?
Former worldwide team-mates Steven Gerrard and Honest Lampard working for BT Sport
Manchester City finally end their Southern Coast hoodoo
Saturday’s clash at the particular Amex was the first conference between City and Brighton regarding almost a decade.
It had been the particular 18th time they acquired ever met and the initial time since 1989 the 2 edges had contested a league complement.
Coming into this opening weekend break, City had not beaten Brighton in 29 years; they acquired lost away from home with the Seagulls in 34. The 1-0 victory in May 1983 was the last time they will had beaten Brighton their personal patch. Aguero and Dunk guaranteed that duck was finally damaged this weekend.
Pep Guardiola’s side acquired their initial victory on Brighton soil regarding 34 years on Saturday
Lewis Dunk escapes big handball claimÂ
In the particular end, it proved inconsequential. Yet referee Michael Oliver risked the particular wrath of the well-dressed Guardiola after turning down a solid shout for a City charges midway with the second half.
With the score 0-0, Kevin Sobre Bruyne fired a long-range chance at goal. The ball hit defender Dunk on the supply, prompting ferocious demands a charges from the away side. Oliver was unmoved, however, and obtained backing from his fellow referee Mark Clattenburg.
‘The arm really goes behind the player’s back again, that proves to me that will there was no intention in order to handle it and yes it was within a natural position, ‘ this individual said on BT Sport. Dunk was less fortunate 10 a few minutes later as he headed directly into his own net.
A long range shot from Kevin De Bruyne hit the arm of Lewis Dunk but no penalty had been awarded
Fernandinho and Sobre Bruyne protest to referee Eileen Oliver, who failed to deem this deliberate
Brighton pay tribute to 1 of its most loyal