For Brighton and Hove Albion, this was one of those scenarios when the age-old saying about sport’s value in the taking part rang true. It was never likely to be about the winning, not against Premier League favourites with all the massed qualities that Manchester City bring. In some ways it’s no bad thing this one is ticked off now. Brighton can get on with the task in hand with a different kind of focus.
It was a testing afternoon even if City were not at their slickest. They still possessed more than enough finesse to dominate, cruise through the game, and pick up three points thanks to two late goals.